Big Match Breakdown: England v Switzerland
Nick Murphy | 11 September 2018
Preview, odds and tips for friendly clash
England will be looking to end a run of three straight defeats when they take on Switzerland at the King Power Stadium tonight.
The Three Lions suffered a 2-1 reverse to Spain on their return to competitive action in the Nations League on Saturday. Can they pick up a win against a Swiss side unbeaten in their last six international friendlies?
You can catch the action live on Sky Sports Main Event from 7:45pm this evening. But before that, check out our Big Match Breakdown.
Gareth Southgate’s men have an excellent record against Switzerland. England are unbeaten in 10 matches against the Swiss, winning five of their last six.
Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney scored one apiece when the sides last met at Wembley in 2015. The visitors’ last victory came in 1981, when Fredi Scheiwiler and Claudio Sulser scored the goals in a 2-1 win.
The Three Lions look set to make wholesale changes for tonight’s encounter. Southgate has hinted that Kane, Jordan Henderson, Joe Gomez and Jordan Pickford could all drop out. Dele Alli and Luke Shaw will be missing through injury. That should mean starts for the likes of Kyle Walker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Danny Welbeck.
Opposing number Vladimir Petkovic could stick with the same side which trounced Iceland at the weekend. Denis Zakaria’s impressive display should see him keep his place alongside Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka, with Xherdan Shaqiri continuing just behind Haris Seferovic.
England enjoyed plenty of success down the flanks against Spain. They’ll look to implement a similar style again here. Danny Rose, in particular, will hope to take advantage of the inexperienced Kevin Mbabu, who made his Swiss debut on Saturday.
Dier and Delph will have their hands full attempting to stem the advances of Shaqiri and Xhaka. The latter of the pair is allowed more freedom for country than club thanks to the inclusion of defensive midfielder Zakaria.
Southgate’s men are 4/5 favourites to end their losing run and pick up the win. It’s 4/1 about a Switzerland success, with the draw priced at 5/2. The last two iterations of this fixture have ended 2-0 to the Three Lions. You can back a similar outcome this evening at 13/2.
Kane remains 19/20 to Score Anytime, although it looks as though 21/10 shot Welbeck will start up-front. Harry Maguire is likely to miss out from the off but could make an appearance from the bench. The Coral traders go 20/1 about the Foxes defender to Score Last.
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