Roy Hodgson will be hoping his England charges have emerged from the creative vacuum in which they were encased throughout their recent friendly with Norway ahead of the commencement of their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.
Switzerland – the toughest foes the Three Lions must face in Group E – are up first, with the bookies going 37/20 about an away win in the wake of the hosts’ 17/10 favouritism, while the draw assumes outsider status at 21/10.
Of the match-betting a la carte, it’s the shared spoils that appears the most appetising and it features as part of our three-bet selection ahead of the sides’ collision in Basel, where, coincidentally, news.bwin.com/en/ go in search of a second tipping hat-trick in as many days after clean-sweeping Germany and Scotland’s clash yesterday.
England HT/draw FT @ 27/2
If the full-time whistle hooted after 45 minutes, the visitors would have won three of their past four meetings with the Swiss, as well as seven of their ten World Cup qualifiers.
Despite assuming control at the break in the bulk of these games, they ended up tying on the road against Poland, Ukraine and Montenegro – the three bigger fish in their pre-Brazil pool – and their lacklustre showing last time out suggests they’ll struggle to stockpile the goals to ensure victory here.
Under 2.5 goals @ 1/2
Subtract the anomalous goal-filled group stage of the World Cup from the equation and ten of Vladimir Petkovic’s side’s previous 15 failed to cross the goal-line in question.
This is also true of four of the five matches they played on home turf in order to qualify for the aforementioned tournament.
In a similar vein, eight of England’s most recent 13 outings have been short enough on goals to reward backers of this bet.
Both teams to score @ 21/20
Bereft of the deadliest marksman in their ranks they may be, but England have failed to notch in just four competitive outings since qualifying for Euro 2012 commenced four years ago.
The Rossocrociati –who didn’t compete in the previous inter-European skirmish – have failed to score just three times across their last two pre-tournament campaigns and a World Cup so expect both nets to be rustled here.