Swiss scoring troubles make England great value to win to nil

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Switzerland will have to overcome their own problems in front of goal if they have any ambition of beating England in their upcoming Euro 2012 qualifier.

The Swiss must beat England if they realistically want any chance of progressing to Euro 2012 from Group G after taking just four points from their opening five games.

It is 7/1 in the Euro 2012 odds that Switzerland beat England, although this is something that they have failed to achieve in their 17 meetings since 1947.

If they are to end this lengthy streak then they somehow must find a way of scoring more goals.

Switzerland have managed five goals in their four qualifiers to date, albeit that four of these did come against a Wales side that are still waiting for their first point in the group.

Meanwhile, they have also failed to score in both of their fixtures so far in 2011, despite one of these games being against Malta, who can be considered to be one of the minnows of European football.

Furthermore, they have only managed one away goal since the conclusion of last year’s World Cup, which was four games ago in a victory over Austria.

Another factor that will hinder their chances of a goal against England is the recent retirement from international duty of all-time top scorer Alexander Frei, who had netted 42 goals in 84 appearances.

This will give England confidence of extending their decent clean sheet record as they have so far let in just one goal in their four Group G games, which happened to be Xherdan Shaqiri’s long-range strike for Switzerland last September.

England are 5/6 to keep a clean sheet against Switzerland, while it is 6/5 that Fabio Capello’s team take another three points towards Euro 2012 qualification without conceding a goal.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.