Ahead of Roy Hodgson’s return to Sweden as England manager, we’ve compiled a King of Stats package to assist those punters who are partial to making some money off every Premier League manager’s pet hate – international friendlies.
20 – England have not lost over 90 minutes in this number of games from their last 21 and ‘English Roy’, as he is affectionately dubbed in Sweden, is yet to taste defeat in 11 while sitting in the Three Lions dugout. The England win or draw can be backed at 5/6 with the hosts taken out of the equation.
9 – The number of successive non-competitive England games that have been decided by a single goal. This has also been the winning margin in each clash with Sweden in which either team has claimed the spoils since 1947. A price of 4/1 says the visitors will win by the single goal.
4 – Synonymous with regimented, well-organised set-ups, Hodgson’s tactics will give England every chance of continuing their run of four 1-0 wins in their last six friendlies. It’s 7/1 to be the final score at the Friends Arena.
7 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s number of goals in his last 11 Sweden appearances, but he has only struck once in four versus England. He’s a 7/5 shot to build on that tally by scoring at any time in this match.
1 – This is the number of games that Sweden have drawn in their last 22; they’ve enjoyed wins in 15 of these. Back a trend-bucking second successive Swedish draw here at 9/4.
3 – The last three non-competitive renewals between these nations have produced fewer than 2.5 goals apiece, although Sweden’s games have been much more enjoyable from a spectator’s perspective with eight of their last 11 games crossing the same line. Over 2.5 goals registered here is available at a tempting 11/10.
5 – England have scored the first goal in five of their last six in this fixture, though they have gone behind in their last three, when removing grossly mismatched San Marino and Moldova from the reckoning. Hodgson’s men are 11/10 to open the scoring in this clash.
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