England v Spain Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

September 04, 2018

- Grant Whittington

Wembley Stadium - Nations League

It’s a first game since the World Cup for Gareth Southgate’s England, as they welcome Spain to Wembley on Saturday night. The UEFA Nations League could be an exciting competition, and will hopefully do away with the meaningless friendlies we’ve seen in the past.

Past Meetings

Spain staged a late show to claim a 2-2 draw the last time the teams met, which was at Wembley in November 2016. Before that, Spain won four of the six friendly meetings since England’s penalty shootout victory at Euro 96, with the Three Lions winning the other two.

Team News

Raheem Sterling has pulled out of the squad with a back issue, but Southgate’s revolution continues with an even younger England squad. Ashley Young, Jamie Vardy and Gary Cahill have all been sidelined, with the likes of Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Joe Gomez and James Tarkowski all receiving call-ups.

New Spain boss Luis Enrique has a job on his hands after a disastrous World Cup campaign. Andres Iniesta, David Silva and Gerard Pique have all retired from international football, while Jordi Alba and Koke have been left out of the squad.

England v Spain Preview and Predictions

England and Spain have been drawn in Group 4 of League A, in the inaugural UEFA Nations League. With World Cup finalists Croatia the only other team in the group, these two could use a good start at Wembley on Saturday.

The Three Lions come into this game on a high after their performances at Russia 2018. Gareth Southgate’s approach has rekindled the country’s passion for the national team, and the England boss will hope for a lively atmosphere against Spain.

Before the most recent draw, five of the previous six meetings between the countries ended in a home win, with the away side failing to score on each occasion. That could give England some extra encouragement heading into this game, with the hosts priced at 17/10 for the victory.

Spain are available at 9/5, and with the draw at 11/5, the bookmakers are calling this one as a very close contest. That’s a measure of England’s progress, but also the difficulties Spain are facing. Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the World Cup, with Enrique taking up the reigns after Fernando Hierro’s short-term appointment. The former Barcelona boss would love to kick things off with a win.

Recommended Bets

Kane to score first at 7/2

England skipper Kane is fresh from picking up the World Cup Golden Boot, and has two goals in four games so far this season for Tottenham.

England to win to nil at 15/4

Back the Three Lions to see off a Spain side that’s been shorn of a lot of experience, as the hosts start their Nations League campaign on a high.

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