England can get back on track after suffering three defeats in a row by beating a Switzerland side that thrashed Iceland 6-0 on Saturday.
Although the run to the semi-finals of the World Cup was a fine achievement and offered England fans hopes for a better future during a sun-soaked summer, Gareth Southgate knows better than most that a kind draw and shock early exits for fancied sides like Germany, Spain and Argentina played their part in his team’s progress in Russia.
England to win 2-0 @ 27/4
The 2-1 home loss to Spain in the Nations League showed that England side still have a long way to go until they can reach the heights the leading international teams are currently at.
The age-old problems of a lack of midfield flair and inability to keep possession for long periods were once again to the fore at the weekend and it is difficult to see how that will be solved in the near future.
Jesse Lingard to score the first goal @ 8/1
With Harry Kane seemingly off the pace, the clear-cut openings fell to Marcus Rashford against Spain and, although he took the early opportunity that was presented to him by Luke Shaw, the Manchester United youngster could and probably should have had a hat-trick.
The Swiss were very impressive against a strangely lack-lustre Iceland outfit although it must be remembered that they were knocked out of the World Cup by a middling Sweden team that were then rather easily beaten by Southgate’s team in the quarter-finals.
England to score in both halves @ 21/10
Vladimir Petkovic’s team were functional rather than inventive in Russia although in Blerim Dzemaili, Xherdan Shaqiri and Valon Behrami they do have potential match-winners.
England have won five of the last six matches between the sides and have never lost to Switzerland on home soil so anything other than a routine victory for Southgate’s team at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium seems unlikely.