England boasted a 100 per cent record in Euro 2016 qualifying as they made it to the finals with relative ease.
However, a stern test awaits the Three Lions tomorrow (Friday) when they face a Spain side who are among the favourites to win next summer’s tournament.
Bet365 offer 3/4 that La Roja enjoy victory in Alicante, although Sergio Ramos and Juanfran have both withdrawn from the Spain squad with injury, while Diego Costa, Pedro and Cesc Fabregas are currently part of a Chelsea team struggling badly in the Premier League.
England are a 17/4 chance (Stan James) to win this friendly match, with Roy Hodgson’s team having plenty of momentum coming and the manager will hope they keep the winning habit.
We often see friendly matches peter out to a draw and Ladbrokes offer 5/2 that this game ends all-square.
Nevertheless, Jamie Vardy is the most in-form striker in England right now and the Leicester striker is a 10/1 chance (Winner.com) to break the deadlock against the Spanish, while Wayne Rooney is 8/1 (Sky Bet) and Harry Kane can be backed at the same odds with Ladbrokes.
Costa is among the favourites at 11/2 (BetVictor) to open the scoring, with Juventus’ Alvaro Morata potentially set to enjoy a long and lasting international career. The young forward is 6/1 with bet365 to be the first name on the scoresheet.
A 2-1 win in favour of England can be taken at 17/1 (BetVictor) and this makes plenty of appeal, with Vardy’s pace likely to trouble the Spanish defence if indeed Hodgson decides to let the Leicester man loose in Alicante.
Bet365 offer 11/10 about the Three Lions in receipt of one goal and that looks pretty good considering this is a team who aren’t accustomed to losing matches at the moment.
There are still four Euro 2016 places up for grabs, with Republic of Ireland hoping to join England, Wales and Northern Ireland in France next summer.
The boys in green are 11/10 (Paddy Power) to get the better of Bosnia-Herzegovina over two legs, with the first match taking place in Zenica tomorrow night.
Ladbrokes make Martin O’Neill’s team a 3/1 chance to land victory in this Sky Sports-televised clash, with Ireland having recently beaten Germany 1-0 at the Aviva Stadium, although Bosnia are the 21/20 favourites (William Hill) to have an advantage ahead of the second leg in Dublin.
The draw is 23/10 with bet365 and we might see things end all square either in the form of a goalless draw or a 1-1 scoreline. After all, O’Neill and Roy Keane will want their team to run a tight ship and hope to come back honours even or better.
No Goalscorer is an 8/1 chance with Winner.com. As always, make sure you go for No Goalscorer over 0-0 in the correct score market as own-goals don’t count with the former so you can still potentially profit if an own-goal is the only goal of the game.
A 1-0 win for the Republic is an 8/1 chance with Sky Bet and BetVictor go 13/2 about the game ending in a 1-1 scoreline, with away goals counting over two legs which will encourage Ireland to come out of their shell in the hope of taking the tie away from Bosnia.
Wales host the Netherlands tomorrow evening, with Chris Coleman’s team surprisingly big odds at 16/5 (William Hill) to win against a Dutch team who did not even manage to qualify for the Euro 2016 play-offs.
The Netherlands are in the doldrums after an impressive World Cup campaign was followed by a terrible time of qualifying for the European Championships, although Danny Blind has rung the changes and that includes dropping Robin van Persie whose international career is effectively over after this announcement. Sky Bet have even money that the men in orange win in Cardiff.
The draw is a 13/5 chance (Stan James), with Coleman looking for his team to produce an impressive showing after a magnificent qualifying campaign and it should be noted that the Reds beat Belgium en route to claiming their spot in France.
Another 1-0 triumph is on offer at 8/1 with Winner.com, with the Netherlands currently rebuilding their squad and looking ahead to World Cup qualifying for Russia in 2018.
Best weekend bet: England +1 @ 11/10 with bet365.
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