England’s preparations for next month’s European Championships in France continue as the Three Lions take on Australia at the Stadium of Light on the 27th of May.
After a narrow 2-1 victory over Turkey on Sunday afternoon, it is likely Engand boss Roy Hodgson will continue to chop and change his squad in their penultimate international friendly before their maiden Group B game against Russia gets underway on June the 11th.
As always, we preview all the action going into this weekend’s match and give our viewpoints as to where the betting value lies.
Roy has tough decisions to make
England’s win over Turkey at the Eithad last weekend arguably raised more questions than it answered with such a slender time frame remaining for Roy to select his best XI going into England’s maiden Euro 2016 tie with Russia. With captain Wayne Rooney missing as well as Man United team mate Chris Smalling, Jack Wilshere and John Stones made rare starting appearances for England on Sunday but did little to convince Hodgson that he’d be better off starting them as oppose to their two missing Red Devils counterparts.
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy is also another player who needs to be looked at further after his stint out wide for England last weekend was anything but convincing. When the former non-league striker got moved to a more preferable central position in the second half just like the one he plays in for the Foxes, he came alive, winning England a penalty and scoring the winning goal in the process.
England: Manchester United players Wayne Rooney and Chris Smalling both return to the fray after missing last Sunday’s Turkey tie due to commitments in United’s 2-1 FA Cup final win over Crystal Palace.
Australia: The Socceroos have a fully fit squad to choose from with former Everton attacker Tim Cahill set to line up against England in the North East this weekend.
Where does the betting value lie?
Captain Rooney is hitting a good vein of form heading into next month’s Euros after a goal in United’s final league game against AFC Bournemouth as well as a man of the match performance for United in their FA Cup victory last weekend and might be good value at 10/11 to be backed any time to score. He is almost certain to start after missing the Turkey game and will be keen to join the England attack, whether from a central midfield or striker role.
Head to head it’s not surprising England have had the upper hand whilst playing their Commonwealth counterparts (sans that embarrassing 3-1 loss back in 2003) and at 1/5 we see no reason why backing the home side would be a good idea especially as their opponents Australia managed a 2-2 draw against World Champions in March.
As an alternative, England to win and both teams to score at 19/10 might be more preferable.