England vs Wales: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview
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England vs Wales: Predictions
England supporters will be hoping some of the high-octane, high-scoring madness of recent Premier League matches can transfer itself into the national team’s games following to drab displays and results during the last international break.
The Three Lions required a late penalty to overcome Iceland back in September, before playing out a goalless draw with Denmark in their second Nations League game. With games against the Danes and Belgium coming up, Thursday night’s friendly with Wales provides a great opportunity to prepare – although it may be foolish to expect more goals here.
Under Ryan Giggs, Wales have made themselves very difficult to beat once again and a very well-organised defensive style has helped the Red Dragons to overcome the odds against perceivably stronger teams on more than one occasion in recent years.
With plans for the European Championships put on a hold for a year, Wales will be hoping to replicate their incredible performances from Euro 2016 on the continent next year but for now, they’ll look to end a 36 year wait to overcome their near neighbours on Thursday night.
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England vs Wales: Team Stats
Each of Wales’ last 15 games have seen Under 3.5 goals scored and low-scoring matches are a feature of most of their international campaigns. Meanwhile, just one goal was scored across the two matches that England played in the UEFA Nations League last month.
A low-scoring game is surely to be expected. The Three Lions have kept five consecutive clean sheets ahead of this game, winning four of those matches and they have won each of their last five meetings with their near neighbours, so should come out on top here.
Kalvin Phillips will hope his fine form for Leeds will lead to a second England start in this game. On his debut against Denmark last month, the midfielder made no fewer than 5 tackles – if he starts again here, you can back him to make 3 or more at odds of 6/5 with Sky Bet.
06 September 2011 – England 1-0 Wales – Euro 2012 Qualifying
26 March 2011 – Wales 0-2 England – Euro 2012 Qualifying
03 September 2005 – Wales 0-1 England – World Cup 2006 Qualifying
09 October 2004 – England 2-0 Wales – World Cup 2006 Qualifying
You have to go back to 1984 to find the last time that Wales beat England, in what turned out to be the last ever British Home Championships tournament.
The Three Lions have won each of the five meetings that have occurred since then, most notably at Euro 2016 when a last-gasp strike from Daniel Sturridge handed Roy Hodgson’s men all three points at Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens.