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England hosts Switzerland with coach Gareth Southgate under pressure

Gareth Southgate England vs Switzerland

England hosts Switzerland in a friendly match on Tuesday night with coach Gareth Southgate beginning to come under pressure following three defeats in a row. The feel-good factor after England’s run to the semifinals at the World Cup is threatening to be evaporated by a Switzerland side that thrashed Iceland 6-0 in its last outing.

SHARK BITES
  • England has won 16 of the 24 matches between these two countries.
  • Switzerland has only beaten England once since 1948.
  • England has never lost at home to Switzerland.

Southgate in need of positive reaction from England players

Gareth Southgate and his charges are in desperate need of a kick-start following a poor run of form which has threatened to derail the progress made under the new manager. The Three Lions have lost their last three matches in a row, all against European opposition – Croatia, Belgium, and Spain this past weekend – as the first doubts begin to creep in concerning Southgate’s coaching methods and abilities.

However, England can take heart from its excellent record against the Swiss. They have never lost in front of their own fans against them, and have scored two or more goals in all six of their most recent meetings.

Therefore, it is perhaps understandable that it is England that comes into this friendly encounter as the clear favorites to pick up another win. You can back the Three Lions to walk away triumphant at -138, with Switzerland out at +400 to pick up just its second win over England since 1948.

Given those odds, not to mention England’s fantastic record against this opponent, backing the home side would look to be the smart thing to do in this tie. And while it is never easy trying to predict the exact scoreline in any match, we would go for a 2-1 England win which comes in at +750.

England forward line will be hoping to get in on the act

England’s forwards will be hoping for a piece of the action on Tuesday night as well. It is worth remembering that Harry Kane won the Golden Boot at the World Cup earlier this summer and will be eager to add to his tally in international football.

Whenever England takes to the pitch, Kane is always the go-to man when it comes to finding the back of the net. And you can back him to do just that against the Swiss at -120 on Tuesday, while backing him at +260 to score either the first or the last goal of the game would also look like a bet worth making.

But given the fact that England’s defence has been shaky of late, the chances of Switzerland getting on the scoresheet are high. Their main threat in the final third would be Liverpool’s new signing, Xherdan Shaqiri.

The former Stoke forward is well worth a punt at +333 to score during the 90 minutes. If you are feeling particularly adventurous, you could also back him to open the scoring at +900.

Switzerland’s recent good form likely to count for nothing

Switzerland, of course, thrashed Iceland 6-0 last time out and comes into this game absolutely brimming with confidence. Extend that record back a little further and you will discover that the Swiss have lost just two of their last 26 matches across all competitions.

However, we are expecting that to count for very little once they take to the field at the King Power Stadium in Leicester. Their overall record against England is simply woeful and the Three Lions should be getting back to winning ways without too much trouble.

England was handed a reality check against Spain, but Switzerland simply does not possess the same technical or creative quality in the middle of the park. It could well be worth backing England to win to nil (without Switzerland scoring a goal) at +162, while we also fancy England to score in both halves at +200.

For the first time in over 30 years, England has lost three games in a row. If the Three Lions lose to Switzerland, it would be the first time in their history that England has lost four matches on the trot. Do not expect that to happen, however.

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