England vs. Spain / International – This is certainly one of most interesting friendlies that will be played on Tuesday evening as two former world champions, England and Spain, will face each other. The two teams currently occupy leading position in their respective qualifying groups for the World Cup 2018 in Russia. What is common to both of them is that they underperformed at last Euro in France as they reached only the round of 16 when England was sensationally eliminated by Iceland, while the Spaniards were stopped by their old rival Italy. Two previous head-to-head between the two teams has also friendly character, one year ago Spain won in front of its fans in Alicante 2-0, while in 2011 the English won at their Wembley 1-0. Begins: 15.11.2016 – 21:00 CET
In accordance to that the English have announced new triumph over their great rivals, Spaniards, especially as they out of 12 matches played at Wembley they won even 11 and lost just one, to the Netherlands in a friendly. Besides, coach Southgate’s players, who took the helm of the English team just one month ago instead of suspended Allardyce, have won their great rivals Scots in front of their fans last Friday by even 3-0, which additionally strengthen their grip over the first place in the group.
Before that the Engliksh had won Slovakia away and Malta at home, and drew with Slovenia away, so now they have two points more than the Slovenians, while third-placed Slovakia has four points fewer after four rounds. What is important to stress if fact that the English still haven’t received a goal in this qualification, so now against Spain we expect their more defensive edition and several changes in the team compared to match against Scotland. Regarding absences, due to injuries on the list are goalkeeper Forster, stopper Smalling, midfielders Alli and Drinkwatter and forwards Rooney and Welbeck.
Probable lineups England: Hart – Clyne, Stones, Cahill, Rose – Wilshere, Henderson, Lallana – Walcott, Vardy, Rashford
This friendly at Wembley comes for former champions of Europe and world after high victory at home over the Macedonians 4-0, which was achieved without several standard starters. Coach Lopetegui cannot count from before on defenders Pique, Ramos and Alba, and midfielder Iniesta, while forward Diego Costa was injured recently so Morata had to lead the Red Fury against the Macedonians, and he was supported by Vitolo and Costa.
Now, those position should be coverd by Callejon, Aduriz and Nolito now against the English, while we also expect changes in other part of the team, all in order to allow coach Lepetegui to increase competition in the team before continuation of qualification for the World Cup, where a great battle for the first position with Italy awaits them. Both teams have 10 points after four rounds, after three wins and one draw, which in fact was result of their head-to-head played in Turin.
Probable lineups Spain: de Gea – Roberto, Martinez, Bartra, Azpilicueta – Herrera, Busquets, Isco – Callejon, Aduriz, Nolito
England – Spain PICK
Although the Spaniard seems stronger at the moment we must respect latest good performances of England’s defence, which is why we have chosen here a pick with few goals.
Pick: under 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.75 at mybet (down to 1.70 can be played)