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Southgate’s Young Guns out to blunt Spain’s technical class in UEFA Nations League

Luis Enrique England vs Spain UEFA Nations League soccer betting odds

England travels to take on Spain on Monday hoping that the young squad picked by boss Gareth Southgate has the energy and impetus to get one over on Luis Enrique’s Spain side. The Spanish won 2-1 last month at Wembley while England is looking to continue riding the wave it built on a semifinal run at the World Cup in the summer.

SHARK BITES
  • England has won just one of its last four outings.
  • Spain has scored 12 goals in its last three games, winning all of them.
  • England has won 13 of the 26 previous meetings between these two teams.

England is in danger of losing World Cup momentum

Despite an impressive showing at the World Cup which took them all the way to the semifinals, Gareth Southgate and his England players are in danger of losing momentum following a run of disappointing results. The Three Lions have lost three of their last four matches, including a home tie with Spain in the UEFA Nations League, and now play the same opposition on the road.

Spain, by way of comparison, looks to be on the road to recovery following a disappointing World Cup. Having been eliminated from the World Cup at the Round of 16 stage, new coach Luis Enrique has nevertheless guided them to successive wins in the UEFA Nations League, including a 6-0 thrashing of Croatia in their most recent competitive fixture, and a 4-1 thrashing of Wales in a friendly encounter.

It will therefore come as very little surprise to discover that Spain comes into this clash as the red-hot favorite to maintain its 100 per cent record in the competition. Enrique’s side is at just -125 to take all three points, with England out at +350 to get its first points on the board. A draw is priced in the middle at +250.

Spain’s technical superiority to shine through

While Southgate has earned plaudits for his bold squad selections with England, there is no denying the technical class of this Spain squad. And though it can be a thankless task trying to predict the exact scoreline of any given game, a 3-1 win for the Spanish, in front of their own fans, is priced competitively at +1400 and should be worth backing at such a price.

In short, we are expecting goals, and you can back OVER 2.5 goals in the game at +100, with both teams to score at the much shorter price of -120. As always, combo betting can be a great way to increase any potential winnings, and a Spain win, combined with both teams scoring, comes in at +300, while a Spain win combined with OVER 2.5 goals in the game is slightly shorter at +187.

Should you prefer, you can also bet simply on the number of goals you think there will be in the match. UNDER two goals is priced at +250, while two or three goals drops down to -105 and OVER three goals rises to +240.

England could make bright start

In the game at Wembley between these two sides last month, Marcus Rashford gave England an early lead before Spain struck back to take the points. Given the high tempo at which England plays, we like the chances of something similar happening on this occasion, and you can back Spain to win from behind at +700.

But while England may have the ability to threaten Spain sporadically, this really is a contest which should, for the most part, belong to the home side. The Spanish are at just +175 to score in both halves – as they did in their last UEFA Nations League clash against Croatia – while they are at the higher price of +400 to win both halves.

Without doubt, Gareth Southgate is building a young, brash and exciting side with the players at his disposal. While he has a long-term vision of where that side will be by the time of the 2020 European championships, in the short time they still fall short of competing with the very best – Spain should win this one with relative ease.

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