After England’s somewhat surprising 1-0 victory over World Champions Spain, Fabio Capello’s men will be looking to turn on a bit of style against Sweden on Tuesday.
While England were effectively outplayed for large parts of the game on Saturday, the result itself will go down in the history books. It will be a great confidence boost to the England team, not least because of the absence of Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard, Ashley Young and John Terry. But in order to build on the positive result, a win in the friendly against Erik Hamren’s team will be required.
England are favourites and can be backed at best odds of 3/4 (Stan James – £150 free bets), which looks a little on the short side given the Swedes beat Holland during their successful Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.
Having qualified as the best group runners up (behind the Dutch) they boast among their ranks some impressive players in the form of Ola Toivonen, Martin Olsson and Emir Bajrami, as well as the ever-present Zlatan Ibrahmovic leading the line. Sweden look a fair price at 17/4 (Bwin – £25 free betting), though the draw looks a distinct possibility at 27/10 (Bwin).
Capello has stated he will be recalling captain John Terry to the starting line up, and that Gary Cahill, Kyle Walker, Daniel Sturridge and Bobby Zamora will also play. Sturridge, who has always looked a class act when turning out for the under-21s, can be backed at best odds of 6/1 (Boylesports) to score first.
Despite not enjoying the lion’s share of possession against the Spanish, the result will have brought an aura of self-belief to the squad, and we expect the home side to get the win. You can get a little extra value by backing them to be winning at half time and full time at odds of 15/8 (Ladbrokes).