England vs Switzerland – Capello to repeat debut victory
Fabio Capello will have fond memories of facing Switzerland at Wembley and he can beat the opposition against to ensure that England remain on course to qualify for Euro 2012.
England last faced Switzerland at Wembley in 2008 in what was Capello’s first game in charge and he began his tenure with a 2-1 victory in the friendly.
In total, England have never lost any of their eight games in London against the Swiss and are unbeaten against their fellow Europeans in their last 17 encounters, which is a run that stretches back to 1947.
England’s odds are 4/11 to beat Switzerland and a victory would retain their position at the head of Group G.
Meanwhile, England may also take confidence from having already beaten Switzerland in the group, when running out 3-1 winners in Basel last September.
Switzerland realistically have to win if they want to keep alive their slim hopes of qualifying for Euro 2012.
Part of their problem so far has been their troubles in front of goal as they have yet to find the target in either of their two away fixtures.
It is 8/1 in the Euro 2012 odds that Switzerland beat England, while it is 7/2 that they secure a draw, which in theory will help neither team in their quest for qualification.
With their being no obvious reason to suggest that Switzerland will end their scoring troubles at Wembley, the big question that needs answering in the correct scoreline market is how many goals England will manage.
England have scored three times in two of their last three matches against Switzerland and also in two of the last three times they have faced them at home.
Therefore, a 3-0 England victory may be the most likely outcome at 8/1, while 2-0 may also prove popular at 5/1.