England v Spain: Tough Test for New Look Lions
The World Cup may be over but we no longer have to wait two years for proper competitive international football. A new era begins this week with the dawn of the UEFA Nations League and there are some classic encounters among the first set of fixtures.
Included in those games is this clash between England and Spain; two teams who flew the flag for Europe at Russia 2018. With some new players among familiar faces in both squads, who is set to come away from Wembley with the three points?
We’ve a very tight result market for Saturday evening’s game and most bookmakers are currently quoting the same win price of 17/10 for both sides. Elsewhere, Spain are marginal favourites and the visitors can be claimed at best odds of 179/100 with MarathonBet while a victory for England is available at a top price of 15/8 with Royal Panda.
Completing the result market is the draw at 11/5 with Betway and that will be the popular option for a game where the sides look so evenly matched.
Many punters would have avoided the old international friendly schedule but the new UEFA Nations League has a competitive edge and there is some interest here. We don’t know how teams will approach it but if we assume that both go for victory, England would seem to have an edge with better recent form and that home advantage.
Before we commit, however, let’s look at the key players on each side.
Individual Goal Scorers
Tottenham’s Harry Kane has finally broken a hoodoo by scoring the first August goals of his career and after claiming the Golden Boot at Russia 2018, the striker is an obvious choice as favourite to open the scoring.
888Sport have the best odds of 4/1 on Kane to find the net first while Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa follows at a top price of 5/1 with William Hill and 188Bet. Current Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata is next at a best of 23/4 with 888Sport in a market where Spanish players dominate most of the early prices.
Punters can also pick up Rodrigo at best odds of 6/1 with 10Bet and Sport Pesa and then a gap opens to Isco at a top price of 8/1 with 10Bet and Sport Pesa. Also at 8/1 is England’s Marcus Rashford who can be picked up at that figure with Coral and SportingBet.
England’s Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli were both on target during England’s World Cup campaign and you can claim Lingard at best odds of 11/1 with William Hill and Coral while Dele is slightly further back at a top price of 12/1 with William Hill and 188Bet.
Also worth considering is Kieran Trippier who had England dreaming of glory when he opened the scoring against Croatia in that semi final. The full back has also added a long range free kick for Spurs this season and can be backed at 25/1 with William Hill for the first goal or, punters can play safer and take Tripper in the anytime market at an excellent best of 10/1 with William Hill again.
We’ll stay with the anytime markets for our first confirmed tip and it’s for Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford to find the net in 90 minutes. With Jamie Vardy having retired from international football, Rashford should get more game time with the national side and best odds of 31/10 with 888Sport are quite generous here.
Other Side Bets
While there is plenty of striking power on either side, both teams also have the potential to keep things tight at the back. We’re also not entirely sure how seriously teams will take this competition in terms of fielding their best starting XIs.
We’re not, therefore, expecting too many goals but Over 2.5 is an option at best odds of 23/17 with 188Bet. Meanwhile, Both Teams to Score is also likely but carries less value at a top price of 19/20 with Black Type and SportingBet.
Our preference is for a narrow England victory as long as key players are fully fit and rested following their World Cup exploits. Harry Kane is one concern but if Gareth Southgate can get at least 60 minutes out of his main striker, he’s in good form and can swing this game for the home side.
A correct score bet of 2-1 in favour of England could be worth a look at a generous best of 2/1 with SportingBet but we’ll finish with the Over 2.5 tip which is reasonable value at odds against numbers.
- England to win at 15/8 with Royal Panda
- Marcus Rashford to Score Any Time at 31/10 with 888Sport
- Over 2.5 Goals at 23/17 with 188Bet