Last updated & checked: 10/08/2021
England get back into action quickly after their disappointing 2-1 defeat to Spain last Friday, when a late Danny Welbeck ‘goal’ was disallowed. This will be the second time that Leicester City’s King Power Stadium will be used to host an England international, with the first time being back in June 2003, when Sven Goran Eriksson was manager.
We are likely to see some unfamiliar names in the England line-up, with players like Luke Shaw and Dele Alli having had to withdraw with injury. Leicester City duo Demarai Gray and Ben Chilwell have been called into the squad by Southgate.
England vs Switzerland Prediction: England 1-0 Switzerland
Switzerland have a very poor overall record against England, having beaten them just three times in 27 games. Those victories came in 1938, 1947 and 1981, so it has been a long time since the Swiss have enjoyed success against an England team. The England team is likely to be experimental, but we still expect the home side to win this game, albeit narrowly. A final score of 1-0 to the home side is our prediction for the outcome of this contest. England’s main enemy will be complacency, but fringe players playing for their future place should help combat that.
Our recommended tip: England to win 1-0
Our featured tip comes from William Hill. They are offering tempting odds of 24/5 on England winning the game 1-0, which matches our prediction for the outcome of the game. Friendly games always lack a little intensity, and expecting a festival of goal-scoring football would be a little optimistic. Nevertheless, England have a great record against Switzerland, and should have enough quality to win the game, albeit narrowly. A narrow win, with a single goal being scored in the game, therefore looks a good bet. Add Welbeck to score if you want to lengthen the odds a little.
These two teams last faced each other in the qualifying groups for Euro 2016. In Basel, in September 2014, England won 2-0, with Danny Welbeck bagging a second-half brace to seal the victory. A year later, at Wembley, England again won 2-0. This time the goals were scored by Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane, who scored in the 67th minute of the game, and Wayne Rooney. Rooney netted from the penalty spot in the game’s 84th minute. In total, in 27 previous encounters, England have won 19 times, the Swiss three, and there have been five draws.
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Players to watch: Danny Welbeck & Xherdan Shaqiri
Danny Welbeck, now at Arsenal, might seem an odd choice as a player to watch, but he is likely to play some part on Tuesday night. England need more striking options aside from Harry Kane, and Welbeck might be the player they have to rely on to fill in for Kane when needed. Welbeck had a late ‘goal’ disallowed against Spain, and he still carries plenty of threat, whether deployed out wide or through the middle.
Xherdan Shaqiri put in a superb performance for Switzerland against Iceland last week, scoring a goal, and proving to be a constant threat with his movement, perception and skill. Since signing for Liverpool from Stoke City in the summer, Shaqiri has played just 27 minutes of Premier League football so far in 2018/19, so he will be keen to impress against England in Leicester, and show Jurgen Klopp what he’s missing out on.