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England can follow up Spain win by smashing Sweden

| 14.11.2011

Although the win was somewhat a backs-against-the-wall display against Spain, it did show that England, priced 8/11 at Wembley on Tuesday, can grind out a result against the best of teams even within a media circus that would likely encapsulate the strongest of personalities in a squad.

Opponents Sweden, meanwhile, at 4/1 to win, suffered a 2-0 defeat in their latest outing away to an effective, if uninspiring Denmark side, but are unbeaten against England since 1968, and the 11/5 for the draw could be too big.

An England team featuring the returning John Terry should boast an even stingier defence than those that shut out the World and European champions, and England to win to nil at 7/4 looks very appealing.

Punters will lap up the odds on a rejuvenated Frank Lampard to score first, and 10/1 looks very big for the penalty-kick specialist who hit the winner versus Spain.

Darren Bent goes into the game as 6/1 favourite to notch first, and that could be worth some interest, with the Aston Villa poacher looking certain to have many more goalscoring chances than he did Saturday, as England will likely maintain a much stronger foothold of possession within the 90 minutes.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will pose the main threat for the visitors, and the mercurial forward is 5/2 to score at any time, which could be worth investing in if you do fancy Sweden to score at Wembley.

With the undoubted qualities in the Three Lions’ ranks in the starting line-up, and with the likes of strikers Daniel Sturridge and Bobby Zamora looking to make an impression from the bench, 3/1 for England to win both halves looks a terrific price.

Alternatively, 2/1 for England -1 seems generous, and the 11/2 for England to win the first half giving up a one-goal start represents great value too.



John Klee