By Tony Nguyen
Last Updated: 6th September 2018
- Saturday 8th September
- Kick-off: 7:45pm BST
- Stadium: Wembley Stadium, London
- Live on Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event
Round 1 of the UEFA Nations League sees the Three Lions action for the first time since the 2018 World Cup. Read on to find three of our best England vs Spain predictions.
England vs Spain predictions: Three Lions favourites to extend Wembley dominance
William Hill’s England vs Spain odds have Gareth Southgate’s men betting at 13/8 beat Spain to begin Group 4 of League A with three points. Spain are priced at 17/10 to secure the victory in Luis Enrique’s first game in charge, although looking over Fernando Hierro’s short stint in charge, they’ve only won once in their last four fixtures.
There’s a track record for important competitive encounters between the two nations finishing as a scoreless draw. One example came during the second round at World Cup 82, causing both to be eliminated and then in the quarter finals of Euro 96, which England eventually won on penalties.
If you predict an even share of the points as the likely outcome, then a draw between the Three Lions and la Furia Roja can be backed at 21/10 odds, with 0-0 specifically available at a 13/2 tip.
Never before has Wembley been a stadium of such dominance for England. The current winning sequence stands at 14 competitive fixtures, dating back to September 2012 when held to a 1-1 draw by Ukraine.
However, the Spaniards have avoided defeat for over two years, last losing to Italy at Euro 2016. This could be a reason why they’re favourites in the latest UEFA Nations League outright winners market , betting at 10/3.
Head-to-head (most recent first): England 2-2 Spain, Spain 2-0 England, England 1-0 Spain, Spain 2-0 England, England 0-1 Spain, Spain 1-0 England, England 3-0 Spain
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Free betting tips: England v Spain predictions
Prediction: England not to score: Odds @ 2/1
The Three Lions may have scored twice when last squaring off with Spain in November 2016, but this has to be recognised as something of a rarity.
In fact, England have failed to score in two thirds of their last nine showdowns with Spain, and our pick to do so this time around, priced at 2/1.
Best Bet: Spain to win to nil betting @ 10/3
The aforementioned defeat to Italy at Euro 2016 was also the last time that a team kept a clean sheet against Spain. They have played 24 matches since, netting 68 goals and conceding only 19.
Typically, this is a fixture where not only are goals in short supply, but any that are scored are done so by the same team.
The latest 2-2 draw the first time in nine head-to-heads that both teams found the target. Backing Enrique’s charges to win and keep a clean sheet at 10/3 odds appears a worthy tip from the England vs Spain predictions.
Scorer: Suso to score first betting @ 9/1
September is usually the time of the season where Harry Kane’s scoring spree begins. He’s registered 14 in his last 13 England games, and currently priced at 10/3 to score first. However, the Spurs striker is currently on a three-game international barren streak.
In terms of Spain goals, five of the last six netted against England have arrived in the 72nd minute or later.
AC Milan’s Suso is one attacking squad player in line to be introduced as a second-half substitute. As part of our England vs Spain predictions, we are tipping Suso with odds at 9/1 to score first.
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- England have won just three of their last 12 internationals against Spain (W3 D3 L6), claiming victory only once in the most recent six encounters (W1 D1 L4).
- England are unbeaten at Wembley in each of their last 24 competitive matches (W21 D3) since a 3-2 loss to Croatia in November 2007.
- Kane has scored in each of his last two internationals at Wembley, if he scores against Spain he will become the 20th different player to score in three successive appearances for England at the national stadium.