England’s hopes of following up on their impressive start to Euro 2012 qualification with a result in Switzerland has been aided by the news that Diego Benaglio seems set to miss the game.
Fabio Capello’s team kicked off their Group G campaign with a 4-0 success over Bulgaria at Wembley, but now face on paper what should be their biggest challenge in qualifying in Basel, where they are 4/5 to make it six points out of six.
And England have received a boost as the Swiss’ number one goalkeeper has gone on paternity leave to be with his heavily-pregnant wife as she prepares to give birth to their first child.
Benaglio was particularly impressive when producing a string of top saves to keep Spain at bay during the World Cup as the Swiss inflicted the only defeat on the eventual winners during the group stages in South Africa.
This will mean that Ottmar Hitzfeld will hand a sixth international cap to Young Boys shot stopper Marco Wolfli between the sticks.
Wolfli will be especially keen to gain revenge on any Tottenham players after they knocked his club out of the Champions League and he can expect another personal duel with Jermain Defoe.
However, Defoe will go into the game high on confidence after his hat-trick against Bulgaria and he also found the target in the 4-0 second leg victory over Young Boys.
He is 9/2 to open the scoring against the Swiss and 5/4 to find the target at any time during the 90 minutes.
Meanwhile, Defoe is 25/1 to make it back-to-back hat-tricks with a treble in Switzerland, with England to win 3-0 priced at 14/1.
England’s last visit to Switzerland finished 1-1 in 1998. See the whole correct scoreline market.