The Daily Star’s Chief Football writer, Danny Fullbrook, gives his verdict on this weekend’s Euro 2012 match at Wembley.
England v Switzerland, Sat 4th June, 16.45, ITV 1
So here we are at the last major game of the season and everybody feels like going on their holidays. But for England and Fabio Capello the match against Switzerland is of vital importance to the way the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign is going to shape up.
It will not be the easiest game in the world for England, but I feel in terms of having a punt, we have to assume that England will win – so it will come down to the right score and the goalscorers. On that front England are missing their senior man Wayne Rooney because he is now suspended after being booked against Wales. That is the one enforced change to the team, while Rio Ferdinand will also come back into the starting line-up for the Swiss game.
So in terms of grabbing the goals, Darren bent will be the Three Lions central figure. The Aston Villa striker has scored in his last three games so it would be sensible to take a little of the 7/2 on offer at bet365 of him scoring first.
Admittedly that is not great odds but if you look at England winning they are best priced 4/11 (Coral).
If you do want more value for your money then perhaps take a look at Ashley Young. It is a possibility that Young will start in a 4-4-1-1 system playing behind Bent and in which case will be more central and in with a chance of the first goal. He is currently at 9/1 to strike first at Ladbrokes.
But If England do manage to get off to a fast start, and with the confidence they have been playing with, then look at an optimistic 3-0 win which gives you odds of 8/1 (Paddy Power). Yes I know it could come back to bite me, but what the hell, last game of the season and all that.