England v Switzerland Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
September 09, 2018
Wembley Stadium - International Friendly
England look to avoid a fourth consecutive defeat on Monday as the Three Lions host Switzerland in their first post-World Cup friendly. The Swiss will be full of confidence following a 6-0 win over Iceland on Saturday, and should pose a tough test for Gareth Southgate's side.
England have a fantastic record against Switzerland, and haven't lost against Monday's opposition in ten meetings. The most recent match-up saw England win 2-0 thanks to goals from captains past and present, Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane.
Southgate will be without Saturday's goalscorer and provider after Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw, with the two players picking up hamstring and head injuries respectively in the game against Spain. The manager was always likely to rotate heavily, with Danny Rose, James Tarkowski, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Eric Dier and Ruben Loftus-Cheek all expected to start.
Vladimir Petković is also expected to ring the changes from the side that beat Iceland, although star man Xherdan Shaqiri may be pushing for another start, after struggling for game time at Liverpool.
England v Switzerland Preview and Predictions
England's defeat to Spain on Saturday has been described as a reality check, yet beforehand Southgate was keen to establish that, despite a promising World Cup campaign, his side are very much a work in process. It should have come as little surprise that the Three Lions struggled to match La Roja's passing play, as the former World Champions have utilised the style for well over a decade. Instead, Monday's opponents, Switzerland, should pose a far more realistic test of the side's progress.
Petkovic's side enjoyed a very different first match after the World Cup on Saturday, as they dispatched the normally defensively resolute Iceland 6-0. The manager experimented with fielding Xherdan Shaqiri as a number 10 as opposed to his usual right-wing position and it had precisely the desired effect, with the Liverpool new-boy putting in an outstanding performance, capped off by a goal and an assist.
Given the two side's antithetical results, performances and opposition from Saturday, Monday promising to be an interesting tactical encounter. England will be keen to get on the ball, play possession football and push forwards, having been unable to do so against Spain, wheres Switzerland will have to drastically modify the way they played against an unambitious and weakened Iceland side.
For Southgate, perhaps the greatest test will be establishing a creative, dominant midfield, with the Jordan Henderson, Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard trio finding themselves outclassed against the likes of Croatia and Spain. In order to England to compete with the very best countries in the world, they need the likes of Loftus-Cheek, Phil Foden or even Ross Barkley to prove their worth and add the extra dimension to the team. Against Switzerland, the manager has the perfect platform to test the former's ability to step up.
Harry Kane to score first at 13/5
Having finally ended his August goal curse the Golden Boot winner has two goals to his name already this season and will be full of confidence when picking the armband back up.
Over 2.5 goals at 11/10
England will want to redeem themselves following Saturday, whilst Switzerland will be keen to continue their fine scoring run.