England v Spain latest news, odds and free bets

There has been no shortage of people wanting to back Spain since the squads for Saturday’s match at Wembley were announced earlier in the week. While England are missing several key players, the visitors will feature most of the players that helped Vicente Del Bosque’s team become world champions last year. Spain were originally quoted at 11/10 to beat the…

There has been no shortage of people wanting to back Spain since the squads for Saturday’s match at Wembley were announced earlier in the week.

While England are missing several key players, the visitors will feature most of the players that helped Vicente Del Bosque’s team become world champions last year.

Spain were originally quoted at 11/10 to beat the Three Lions, although Del Bosque’s intention to field his strongest team this weekend means that 10/11 (Ladbrokes – £50 free bets) is the best price available.

This will be the first time that Cesc Fabregas plays in England since his summer move to Barcelona and the former Arsenal captain has been in fine scoring form for his new club, finding the net on seven occasions already.

Despite this, Ladbrokes are prepared to offer 12/1 about the midfielder scoring the opening goal at Wembley and that price is far bigger than their competitors, with some firms offering just 6/1.

It is possible that David Villa and Fernando Torres will play in attack at a stadium where Villa, Andres Iniesta and Xavi excelled for Barcelona in the Champions League final just a few months ago and they are likely to find the wide open spaces to their liking.

However, England will perhaps feel that the pressure is off their shoulders considering they are the underdogs and it is not very often that Fabio Capello’s team have been as big as 7/2 (bet365 – £200 free betting) to win a home match.

The Italian has made the strange decision to select John Terry despite the fact that the Chelsea captain will play no part on Saturday, while Wayne Rooney is also absent from the squad on account of the fact that he won’t be playing for England in the Euro 2012 group stage.

However, Rooney’s Manchester United team-mate Phil Jones is confident of doing well against Spain and claims that the team can cause a few surprises in Poland.

“I don’t see why we can’t surprise a few people next summer,” he said.

“We have a great squad, with a great mentality.

“I am sure we can go there with a great chance of getting to the final stages, if not going all the way.”

At least England will be playing all their matches on foreign soil, something that has certainly suited them when it came to qualifying for Euro 2012, with Montenegro the only team to avoid a home defeat against Capello’s team.

Frank Lampard is likely to lead out the home side on Saturday and can be backed at 12/1 to score the first goal of the game, while there is the possibility that Capello will select two Aston Villa strikers in attack, especially as Gabby Agbonlahor has looked sharp for the Midlands club this term.

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