It’s over 22 years since England faced the Republic of Ireland so there should be something of a derby atmosphere as the pair belatedly renew hostilities at Wembley, albeit in a friendly clash.
Despite the plethora of withdrawals from Roy Hodgson’s squad and the fact that nothing is at stake but pride, the contest should still benefit from a competitive edge as England’s players look to stake a claim for regular inclusion with the World Cup just a year away and the Irish prepare for a qualifier next week.
Nevertheless, even with a depleted line-up, the quality is with the hosts and they’re worthy favourites at 1/2 via BetVictor to seal victory. Giovanni Trapattoni’s charges meanwhile are a 7/1 shot at bet365 to emerge triumphant while it’s 10/3 at Stan James to finish all square, a price that might attract support given that it’s a friendly and the pair’s last three matches have proven inconclusive.
That trio of fixtures all ended one-each, a result that’s 8/1 (William Hill) to be replicated and Stan James offer 11/2 about scores being level at the end of each half but on home soil the ‘Three Lions’ should just about have too much for their Irish neighbours and a narrow home win is where the value lies.
Where goals are concerned, Skybet go 4/5 about the fixture generating three or more and bet365 quote an identical 4/5 for both sides to get on the scoresheet. Having finished the season strongly for Liverpool, Daniel Sturridge looks set to get the nod in attack for England in a central role alongside Wayne Rooney.
The Reds front man is 6/1 courtesy of Stan James to break the deadlock and William Hill rate him at 7/4 to find the net at any point while Rooney is 4/1 favourite (Stan James) to open the scoring and Frank Lampard is a 6/1 shot at bet365 in the same market.