England vs Spain
15th November 2016, 20:00 pm BST
Wembley Stadium, London
England Team News & Preview
England host Spain in an international friendly at Wembley on Tuesday night and Gareth Southgate will be eyeing his first major scalp as the manager of the three lions.
Southgate is still an interim manager, and a win over Spain could give him a great chance of succeeding Sam Allardyce permanently. So far, England have won two and drawn one of their three matches under the guidance of Southgate. The former Middlesbrough manager will be looking to fix England’s poor head-to-head record against La Roja tonight.
England have some of the brightest talents in world football right now and those players are being coached by the best managers at club level. This will be a great chance for them to showcase their pedigree on an international stage.
The likes of Klopp, Mourinho, Guardiola, Wenger, Pochettino, and Ranieri have done extremely well to improve a lot of English players over the last few months and it will be interesting to see how England approach a big game like this.
England are set to be without star striker Harry Kane, who has only just returned to training with Tottenham. Liverpool star Jordan Henderson is all set to captain his country after confirmation that Wayne Rooney will not start.
Predicted England Starting Lineup (4-3-3): Hart; Clyne, Stones, Cahill, Rose; Wilshere, Henderson, Lallana; Rashford, Vardy, Lingard
Spain Team News & Preview
Spain have found their rhythm under new manager Julen Lopetegui and La Roja are in scintillating form right now. They have now scored 17 goals and have conceded just once in their last five matches and they will look to continue their fine form with a statement win at Wembley.
Spain have done very well against England lately and have won four of their last five meetings against the three lions. The only defeat for them was in 2011, when England secured a 1-0 win at Wembley.
Spanish football is at its peak right now and the international team will look to get back to its former glories after some disappointing showings in the World Cup 2014 and 2016 Euros. The likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid have been dominating club football over the last few years and the Spanish stars will look to carry that form into the international stage as well.
As far as the team news is concerned, Diego Costa missed Spain’s win over Macedonia with an injury and has returned to Chelsea. The likes of Alvaro Morata and Aduriz are pushing for a starting spot.
Predicted Spain Starting Lineup (4-3-3): De Gea; Roberto, Nacho, Bartra, Azpilicueta; Koke, Busquets, Herrera; Mata, Aduriz, Silva
England vs Spain Key Stats
England have lost just two of their last 15 friendly games (W9 D4 L2) and just one of their last six.
England have won seven and lost just once in their last eight friendly games on home soil (1-2 v Netherlands in March).
England have lost four of their last five international clashes with Spain. They failed to find the back of the net in all four of those games
At home, England have won seven of their nine meetings with Spain.
England vs Spain Betting Tips
Spain have an excellent record against England and are 2.63 to win Tuesday’s clash at Wembley.
England’s outstanding home form means that 1.50 is an excellent price on them to win or draw.
Spain have kept 4 clean sheets in their last 5 matches against England. Get them to win to nil at 3.00.
England vs Spain Prediction
Spain will be confident heading into this game on current form, but England are no pushovers and are likely to give Spain a run for their money.
Southgate’s men have been very good at home and will look to add to their outstanding home record with a big win here. This is Southgate’s last match as the interim boss, and he will look to send out a message to the FA with a win here.
The home side are likely to escape a defeat and both sides will be hard to separate.
England 1-1 Spain