England v Spain: Like lions to the slaughter

England have failed to score in any of their last three meetings with Spain

England host World and European champions Spain in a friendly at Wembley on Saturday as both nations begin their preparations for Euro 2012.

Spain look set to line-up with a strong team including Barcelona’s Xavi, Andrés Iniesta and David Villa.  Manchester City’s David Silva is also likely to start.  Fabio Capello's side will be far from full-strength with Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard, Jack Wilshere and Ashley Young all missing from the squad. Captain John Terry will also miss out on Saturday giving the likes of Darren Bent, Gary Cahill and Stewart Downing a chance to book their seats on the plane to the Ukraine and Poland next year.

England have scored in all seven of their games in 2011 and have only failed to score in one of their last 11 friendly matches. However, the meeting with Spain is a prospect like no other. The Three Lions have failed to score in any of their last three meetings with Spain, who allowed just 10 shots on target in Iker Casillas' seven Euro 2012 qualifiers. In the absence of several star players, England may struggle to break down Spain's miserly defence while at the other end, Spain have a luxury of riches. If required, Vicente Del Bosque can replace the likes of Villa, Silva and Iniesta with Fernando Torres, Juan Mata and Cesc Fabregas In contrast, England’s bench looks likely to include the inexperienced Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck and Jack Rodwell.

Unfortunately, it comes down to a choice between leaving money in the bank and leaving national pride at the door. Spain are great value at 10/11 to win the game and even better value to win to nil at 9/4 with William Hill.

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Written By:- Phil Haigh (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 11/11/2011 - 15:26 PM
Filed in:- Euro 2012 Betting News

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