Kick-off: 1945, 08/09/2018
TV: Sky Sports Football/Main Event
England and Spain meet in the Nations League as they return to action following a mixed summer for both countries.
The Three Lions just missed out on their first World Cup final since 1966 while Spain, having sacked coach Julen Lopetegui just before the tournament, were dumped out by hosts Russia on penalties in the last 16.
We feel this has all the makings to be a close, hard-fought battle so we will begin our England vs Spain predictions by going for a draw at 11/5.
A Look At England’s Betting Odds
The country came to a standstill with the thought of football coming home becoming a reality for Gareth Southgate’s men.
England secured their biggest major tournament victory, as well as winning their first World Cup penalty shootout and first knockout match since 2006 en route to just their third semi-final in this competition.
Kieran Trippier’s free-kick put them ahead early on against Croatia but Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic secured a 2-1 win after extra-time to deny England the chance to replicate Sir Alf Ramsey’s heroes.
A 2-0 defeat to Belgium in the third/fourth-placed play-off saw England end the tournament meekly with Southgate believing his players overachieved and are “nowhere near” their peak.
Goals from Adam Lallana (penalty) and Jamie Vardy put England on course for victory when these sides last met at Wembley in November 2016 only for Iago Aspas (89) and Isco (90) to secure a dramatic 2-2 draw for Spain.
A Look At Spain’s Betting Odds
Spain’s World Cup preparations were thrown into disarray when they sacked Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament after he was announced as the new Real Madrid manager.
Fernando Hierro took charge of the team and led them to the top of Group B before losing to Russia on penalties in the round of 16.
Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has since been installed as the new coach, having won 62 caps as a player.
Jordi Alba was a high-profile omission from Enrique’s first Spain squad while Diego Costa has since pulled out for personal reasons.
Gerard Pique, David Silva and Andres Iniesta have all retired from international duty while David de Gea is expected to retain the number one shirt despite enduring an indifferent time in Russia.
Looking at the England vs Spain odds, another 2-2 draw at 15/1 offers some consideration in the correct score market.
Russia 1-1 SPAIN – Sergei Ignashevich (OG)
Belgium 2-0 ENGLAND
Head-to-head: England 0-1 Spain, Spain 2-0 England, England 1-0 Spain, Spain 2-0 England, England 2-2 Spain
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