Fabio Capello runs the risk of incurring the wrath of the national press when he sends out a second string England side to face World Cup quarter-finalists Ghana at Wembley on Tuesday.
After a professional performance against Wales on Saturday, Capello has made wholesome changes to the side that started that game and only Joe Hart keeps his place in an untried defensive line that takes on a side with seven goals in their last two matches.
England seem incredibly short at 4/6 to beat Ghana considering the wholesale changes that Capello will make, and considering England opened at 4/7, punters seem to be siding with the Africans.
England and friendlies aren’t always the pinnacle of sporting greatness and with plenty of fringe players being given their chance, it’s hard to see a free-flowing performance coming from England.
At 4/1, Ghana seem a huge price to cause a shock and considering the last side to upset England at Wembley crashed out of the World Cup at the group stage, the form looks good for Ghana.
All four of England’s last four friendlies have finished 2-1 and while a 2-1 win for England is priced at 7/1, the 16/1 for a Ghanaian 2-1 win looks a lot better value should England decide to go with Stuart Downing, Andy Carroll and Aaron Lennon as a forward three.
Considering Ghana have scored seven goals in their last two games, we could finally be in for an England friendly that isn’t a snooze fest, and Dominic Adiyiah, with two goals in those two games, can prove a handful for the defensive duo of Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill.
Adiyiah is 12/1 to get the first goal while Andy Carroll is 9/2, and with England so dominant in the betting, backing the Ghanaians to upset an English B side could prove very profitable.
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