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​England looks to build on World Cup momentum against Spain

Harry Kane England Spain UEFA Nations League soccer betting

Gareth Southgate has picked a strong England squad for its curtain raiser in the UEFA Nations League, as the Three Lions welcome Spain to Wembley Stadium on Saturday. For the Spanish, former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique will be taking charge of his first match at the helm of the ship, and this promises to be the tie of the weekend.

SHARK BITES
  • Spain has lost just one of its last six meetings with England.
  • The last match between the two countries ended in a 2-2 draw in November 2016.
  • England has not lost at Wembley since March 2016, when Holland won 2-1.

Harry Kane looking for more goals

Tottenham forward Harry Kane was the leading scorer at the World Cup earlier this summer and, having finally broken his curse of never scoring in the month of August, will be looking to start September with a bang. With Croatia also having been drawn in this group, a strong start would look to be imperative to avoid a drop down to League B.

For Spain and new manager Luis Enrique, this could well mark the dawn of a new era. With the likes of David Silva, Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pìque retiring from international duty, Enrique has the perfect opportunity to shape a new generation of Spanish footballers.

While the betting is tight in this one, it is visiting Spain that comes in as the slight favorite to make a winning start to the UEFA Nations League. The Spanish are at +175 to take the points, with home side England a little higher at +190. A draw would look to be the least likely result and is priced accordingly at +220.

Spain youngsters have chance to impress

But while some of the faces may have changed in Enrique’s Spain squad, make no mistake that there is still bundles of talent at the manager’s disposal. The likes of Isco, Marco Asensio and Marcos Alonso now have the opportunity to make starting berths their own, and that could well spell trouble for an England backline that was hardly the sturdiest at the World Cup.

A 2-1 away win for Spain is priced at +900 and at that price may well be worth a punt. In addition, you can back OVER 2.5 goals in the game at +130, with UNDER 2.5 goals at the shorter price of -167, while both teams to score comes in at -110.

England may have surprised many to reach the final four of the World Cup, but the fact that the draw was kind to them cannot be ignored either. England beat the likes of Tunisia, Panama and Sweden but were overrun in midfield the first time they faced a truly world-class opponent in Croatia.

Nevertheless, confidence will be high in the England camp coming into this match. After all, it was the first time in 28 years that the Three Lions had reached the semifinals of a World Cup.

England has turned Wembley into a fortress

Furthermore, England’s form at their Wembley home over the last two and a half years has been excellent. The side has won 10 of their 14 games at the London ground since losing to Holland in March 2016, and will fancy their chances of extending that record on Saturday.

In addition to drawing with Spain in November 2016, England has also held Brazil and Germany to a stalemate, showing that they can at least match the global superpowers when playing on their own turf. And you can back a 1-1 draw in this encounter at a price of +500.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, it is Tottenham forward Harry Kane who is the outright favorite to get his name on the scoresheet on Saturday. The 24-year-old is at +130 to net at any time, while you can back him at +375 to score either the first or last goal of the game.

For the Spanish, Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas should be one for the English backline to keep an eye on. The former Liverpool forward is at +220 to find the back of the net and +600 to open the scoring.

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