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England vs Wales: Three Lions to tame Dragons once again

Kick-off: 2000, 08/10/2020

Stadium: Wembley

TV: ITV

England have won their last five encounters with Wales and will be keen to extend that sequence in Thursday’s friendly clash at Wembley.

The Three Lions put in a couple of lacklustre Nations League displays last month and have been rocked by off-field issues featuring several players.

Gareth Southgate will have emphasised the need to get back on track with a disciplined performance, especially with Belgium visiting London on Sunday.

That makes 21/20 for a home win to nil worth taking as our first England vs Wales prediction.

A Look At England’s Betting Odds

England’s low-key 1-0 win away to Iceland and a goalless draw in Denmark were overshadowed by the dropping of Harry Maguire and then Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood being sent home.

This week it has been Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Goalkeeper Nick Pope has revealed Southgate reminded the squad of their responsibilities following the latest high-profile incident.

Pope said: “It was more just reminders of what it means and how it can affect the squad.

“How if just one person makes a mistake it is not just affecting one person. It really goes round and affects the squad.

“Having that reminder of that responsibility, it is a great thing because it proves you are not just acting on your own behalf, you’re acting on behalf of the squad and, in reality, the country.”

On the plus side, Southgate will be buoyed by the form of a strong forward line ahead of three games in six days, with Denmark also travelling to Wembley next week.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin could well be handed a starting spot versus Wales after receiving his maiden call-up to the Three Lions squad, especially with Harry Kane having had a hectic schedule of late.

The 23-year-old Everton front man has scored nine goals in six games in all competitions this season, including two hat-tricks.

“I’m just looking forward to it and am excited just to get on the pitch,” commented Calvert-Lewin.

“I’m sure that the Premier League is the best league in the world, I’m playing there consistently well at the moment, so I’ve got no fears in playing for England.”

Looking at the England vs Wales odds, we reckon 23/10 for Calvert-Lewin to break the deadlock is a solid selection.

A Look At Wales’ Betting Odds

Wales last beat England way back in 1984, when Mark Hughes scored the only goal of the game in a British Home Championship match in Wrexham.

The Dragons go into this contest on an eight-match unbeaten run following back-to-back 1-0 triumphs over Finland and Bulgaria last month.

However, Ryan Giggs must cope without possibly his only two world-class stars at Wembley, with Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey unavailable.

Swansea defender Conor Roberts said: “We are missing some big players in Gaz and Rambo and Joe Allen’s been out for a little while, but we’ve got other good players in and around the squad.

“If they can produce a bit of magic and we play as a team, who knows what the result will be.

“You don’t have to have the best players, you can win games by playing as a team.”

Giggs has instilled a strong work ethic into his squad, but it is worth noting they were beaten in Croatia and Hungary during Euro 2020 qualifying last year.

England are missing Raheem Sterling, so Southgate will lack some creative flair up front, but we feel there is enough strength in depth to cope.

Let’s finish off our England vs Wales betting tips by taking 23/4 for a 2-0 home victory.

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Last result:

Denmark 0-0 ENGLAND

WALES 1-0 Bulgaria – Neco Williams

Head-to-head: England 2-1 Wales, England 1-0 Wales, Wales 0-2 England, Wales 0-1 England, England 2-0 Wales

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