Can England avoid four defeats in succession?
Last updated: September 11, 2018 by Leon Marshal
|Kick-off:||Tuesday, 20:00 pm|
|Venue:||King Power Stadium|
|Last Meeting:||England 2 – 0 Switzerland|
The Three Lions lost their first competitive match since the World Cup in the newly established UEFA Nations League against Spain in a 2-1 thriller at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. They now face a talented Switzerland side in their last friendly until their next UEFA Nations League game. That match is against Croatia and will take place behind closed doors on Friday 12th October
England’s last match against Spain was a clash between two different playing styles. England played out from the back in the custom style that has been adapted by almost all Premier League teams, while Spain played their usual slick passing football. Marcus Rashford opened the scoring first from a pin point pass by Luke Shaw in the eleventh minute, before Saul Niguez equalized just two minutes later. Rodrigo scored the match winner from a Thiago Alcantara free kick in the 31st minute. England were however denied a clear goal when Danny Welbeck’s finish was ruled out for a foul on Spain’s David De Gea late in the 97th minute, to deny England a point in their opening group match.
Looking towards this match and England are likely to be without a number of key personnel. Luke Shaw was stretchered off in after a particularly nasty looking injury, but reports indicate that he should be fine. Deli Alli is also set to miss out, while Marcus Rashford could be yet another name on England’s injury list.
The Swiss are a regular feature in the top ten teams in international football and are currently ranked eighth in the FIFA men’s rankings. They had a decent World Cup campaign with a draw against Brazil and were knocked out in the round of 16 by Sweden. Switzerland are in good form and come into this friendly match fresh from a resounding 6-0 demolition of Iceland, who knocked England out of Euro 2016 in France. Liverpool’s new signing, Xherdan Shaqiri, is their star man and was on target over the weekend, while Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Denis Zakaria stole the show with a goal and an assist in the match.
Tottenham’s Dele Alli is out with a muscle strain as well as Luke Shaw who was stretchered off after a collision with Dani Carvajal. There are doubts over Rashford’s fitness.
Gareth Southgate says he is still looking for the best way for his team to play and has hinted he will be calling up under-21 players to replace his injured players.
Switzerland have a full squad coming into this match with their best player Xherdan Shaqiri expected to feature.
The Swiss beat Iceland 6-0 in their UEFA Nations League fixture. Seferovic had two further strikes disallowed for offside.
|England (3-5-2):||Butland, Alexander-Arnold, Walker, Tarkowski, Stones, Rose, Dier, Lingard, Loftus-Cheek, Kane, Welbeck|
|Subs:||Bettinelli, Pickford, Maguire, Gomez, Delph, Henderson, Rashford, Chilwell, Gray|
|Injured:||Lallana, Sterling, Alli, Shaw|
|Switzerland (4-2-3-1):||Sommer, Mbabu, Schaer, Akanji, Rodrigues, Embolo, Zakaria, Shaqiri, Xhaka, Zuber, Mehmedi|
|Subs:||Mvogo, Moubandje, Klose, Widmer, Freuler, Fernandes, Sow, Ajeti, Gavranovic, Djourou, Seferovic|
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|06/02/2008||International Friendly||England 3 – 0 Switzerland||Jermaine Jenas 40’|
|07/09/2010||UEFA European Championship||England 2 – 1 Switzerland||Wayne Rooney 10’|
|04/06/2011||UEFA European Championship||England 2 – 2 Switzerland||Tranquillo Barnetta 32’|
|08/09/2014||UEFA European Championship||Switzerland 0 – 2 England||Danny Welbeck 58’|
|08/09/2015||UEFA European Championship||England 2 – 0 Switzerland||Harry Kane 67’|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
Switzerland will have all their main players at their disposal. They may even opt to start with their regular eleven without resting any of their players, as they look to continue their impressive international break.
England are on the verge of four consecutive losses after defeats by Belgium (x2), Croatia and Spain.
Despite Xherdan Shaqiri only being on the pitch for 27 minutes for Liverpool this season, we have a sneaky feeling that the former Stoke man might feel this is the perfect stage to send a statement of intent to Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane at Liverpool. The 26-year-old is 4/1 to score at any time, this looks a good choice. You can bet 10 and get 10 at Mr Green.