Sweden v England latest odds, news and free bets

Steven Gerrard will win his 100th England cap on Wednesday night when he leads out the Three Lions in Solna for a midweek international friendly against a Sweden side who recently came back from the dead to draw with Germany

The Swedes found themselves 4-0 down in a World Cup qualifier against the Germans before completing an amazing comeback to draw 4-4 and they will hope to take advantage of an England side that will be missing several first-team players including Wayne Rooney and Ashley Cole.

The bookies make the Scandinavians slight favourites at 13/8 (Betfred free bets) and Sweden are sure to send out a strong squad for the first ever match at the newly-built £260m Friends Arena where the home supporters always enjoy seeing England beaten by their team.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has enjoyed himself this season since moving to Paris St-Germain and the talented forward is 11/2 (William Hill bookmaker) to become the first player to find the net at this new stadium. He’s clearly one of the best players in the world and will be a typical handful for the England players that line up in defence.

Roy Hodgson has picked a number of fringe and youthful players to look at over the next few days and the most exciting of these is Wilfried Zaha, the Crystal Palace forward who is lighting up the Championship and destined to become a big hit in the Premier League before too long.

England are 2/1 with Boylesports to win this match and they are not used to losing too many matches under their latest manager who has made them hard to beat. The Three Lions also took down the same opponents at Euro 2012 although it was a topsy-turvy game which saw them trail 2-1 before winning 3-2.

Daniel Sturridge has been called up for England despite a lack of first-team action for Chelsea so far this season and he’s an 8/1 chance (Paddy Power free bets) to score the first goal, while Gerrard is 12/1 to mark his 100th cap with the first goal of the game.

We expect it to be a low-key encounter which could well result in a draw and that can be backed at 9/4 (Sportingbet).


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