England make the journey to Sweden on Wednesday evening to take on Sweden in an international friendly that both sides will be confident they can come out on top in.
These two teams of course met in the European Championships earlier in the year and it was England that managed to come out on top with a superb 3-2 victory. Something similar this time out would mean that we are in for a very entertaining 90 minutes.
All eyes are sure to be on one man in Stockholm – Steven Gerrard, as he looks set to make his 100th appearance for England and do so as the captain. There are some doubts over the Liverpool man’s fitness, but it is likely he will play and be only the sixth man to reach three figures for the Three Lions.
Roy Hodgson has far from his strongest squad to call upon though as players such as Wayne Rooney and Theo Walcott have had to withdraw through injury. Jack Wilshere coming back into action is a boost though, as he is set to make his first appearance for England after returning from a 16-month spell on the sidelines.
There are also a number of men who have been given their first call-up for their country as Leon Osman, Carl Jenkinson and Wilfred Zaha are all fighting for a place in the side.
With England having a bit of a weakened squad though, they are the slight underdogs for this one as they are at 2/1 to come out on top with Betfair.
As for Sweden, they come into Wednesday’s game full of confidence after a superb comeback against Germany last month. The Swedes were 4-0 down in their World Cup Qualifier, but managed to take a point from the game and cause a huge shock.
Now, the home side will be looking at that second half comeback as a benchmark for how they should be playing. They showed that on their day, they can compete with anyone and that is why betting on a home win is sure to be popular. They are at 13/8 with Betfred.
With a lot of injuries to forwards, bets on the first goal-scorer market could offer some great value and it is Sweden’s most prized asset Zlatan Ibrahimovic that is the favourite to break the deadlock at 11/2 with William Hill.
Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck are the only out-and-out strikers that Hodgson has at his disposal and they both have odds of 15/2 with Bet365.
In terms of a recommended bet for this encounter though, we do fancy the Swedes to come out on top on their own turf, especially when you consider the England side they will be going up against.
Goals could come on a regular basis though and the away team are sure to play their part, but in the end we like the look of a 3-2 win for Sweden, which is rated at 40/1 with Stan James.
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