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Rupert Wyman 14th Nov 2011 - 11:56

England aren't so Fab anymore

England were not flash against Spain and man to man, they are clearly the weaker side. However, they were disciplined and played to their strengths. They rarely lost their shape and they were defensively solid.

It was a dogged 1-0 win, they now take on Sweden, it is another friendly and they mean nothing! The England win is 4/5, the draw is 9/4 and the away win is 4/1. Capello is going to play more of the kids and I would not take any of that 4/5.

England struggled to keep the ball against the Spanish and they only attacked on the break. Sweden are a different proposition, England will be on the front foot more and they will need to take their chances. They rode their luck against Spain and Sweden at 9/4 draw no bet looks a punt.

Sturridge will play a big part in the match, he is 6/5 to score anytime and 4/1 first goalscorer. He is a slippery player and he will want a starting position at Euro 2012. He has been a big hit at Chelsea since he came back from his loan move to Bolton.

Our Match Winner is for him and Bobby Zamora to both score anytime at the enhanced price of 10/1, Zamora is more of a target player, he holds up the ball but he is strong in-front of the net.

Sweden have one world class player, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He was not well liked at Barcelona because he did not suit their style of play but he is the best target man in the business. He looks a good price at 11/4 to find the net anytime and he will test England's defensive resilience.

The national coach of Sweden, Erik Hamren, likes his team to play very attacking football, he prefers a 4-2-3-1 formation and the team scored an impressive thirty-one goals in ten games, when they qualified for Euro 2012.

Both teams to score is 10/11 and there could be goals in an attacking match. England will want to prove that they are not one dimensional and that against teams, like the calibre of Sweden, they can attack.

Over 2.5 goals is 19/20, my worry with the goal markets, is that neither team needs to win, so there will not be that desire to find the net, later in the match. It is risky punting over 2.5 goals on a friendly. On paper, Spain looked capable of scoring many goals against England but it was not the case.

England have not beaten Sweden in forty-three years and they will need to cope with their aerial threat. Spain look for short passes and play very direct, through the middle. Sweden will utilise the wings and try to find Zlatan's head.

The double chance, Sweden or Draw looks a good punt at 19/20. The draw is a realistic possibility and Capello will make plenty of changes in the second half. The win against Spain, seemed too good to be true, England's win may be the talk of the tabloids but they can be brought back to reality by an attacking Swedish side.

 

 
 
 

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