England v Australia international friendly predictions: Tips, odds & team news
England and Australia lock horns in an international friendly at Wembley on Friday at 7:45pm (UK time).
England vs Australia odds
*Odds correct as of 11:30 on October 12
Just a few months after taking home the Ashes, Australia once again head to England looking to leave victorious. However, instead of a five game series, we are treated to 90 minutes at Wembley in an international friendly, with England’s footballers looking to do what the cricketers couldn’t and beat the Aussies. Gareth Southgate’s men face another rival in a “friendly”after running out 3-1 winners at Scotland last month, which subsequently extended England’s unbeaten run to six matches (five wins and one draw).
Australia, who famously beat the Three Lions a decade ago, have been struggling of late as they are currently on a three-game winless streak with defeats to Argentina and Ecuador and a draw against Mexico. However, after a recent visit to their training camp from former managers Guus Hiddink and current Tottenham head-coach Ange Postecoglou, they should be all fired up to end the winless run.
Firstly paying tribute to Guus, Ange said “I’ll be grateful to the great man for the difference he made to Australian football. It took us a long time to get to a World Cup and that was a big moment because a lot of these guys (the players) were little boys and they got inspired by that. We used to talk about it a lot, that that day made a difference to their careers.”
“I guess that’s a message to you guys (the players), you’re playing for yourselves, but the impact you can have for future generations, you know you play at a stadium like that on Friday. Make an impact. It’s not just for you, there’s going to be a little boy or a little girl who are going to look at and one day that’s going to be me. That’s the power you guys have when you represent your country.”
“It’s different from your club football. Make your trip to Wembley a memorable one. Not that you just played England, but you knocked them off. That makes it memorable, not just for you, for everybody, yeah? As Australians we do whatever we believe we can. They keep putting us down, we keep working our way up. Wasn’t that long ago I was here. Now I’m in the Premier League and everyone loves me, but trust me I haven’t changed one bit. The boys will tell you, I’m the same person.”
“But because I was Australian, sometimes you’ve got to work that little bit harder. Nothing wrong with that, that’s what makes us special, makes us different. Nothing is given to any Australian footballer. You all have to earn what you get, because as soon as you say you are from Australia, well that puts you down a peg or two. But you’re here because you don’t let that happen and don’t let that happen from now on.”
England vs Australia predictions
England vs Australia: Predictions
|BTTS?||No||8/13 with Casumo|
|Correct Score||2-0||5/1 with Casumo|
|First Goalscorer||Harry Kane||49/20 with Casumo|
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The stats behind our England vs Australia predictions:
- England are six games unbeaten heading to the game.
- Australia have conceded twice or more per game in their last three matches.
- England have scored in nine straight matches.
- Australia have gone three games without victory.
- England opened the scoring in four of their last five international matches.
- Harry Kane has scored in seven of his last eight internationals.
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England vs Australia match tip
England captain Harry Kane has scored in seven of his last eight international appearances and has taken to the Bundesliga like a duck to water. The former Tottenham man has scored eight goals in his seven league appearances for the German giants, finding the back of the net in seven of his last nine 10 appearances for club and country.
Kane is expected to start the game, but being a friendly, may be rested as the game goes on, so the value will be for England’s record goalscorer to find the back of the net in the first half.
England vs Australia Bet-Builder tip
England’s last nine international matches have seen over 1.5 goals scored in them while Southgate’s men have kept a clean sheet in six of their last nine outings. As mentioned, Harry Kane has scored in seven of his last eight international appearances and will want to extend his lead at the top of England’s goalscoring charts.
England vs Australia team news
England team news
|Jarrod Bowen, Ollie Watkins, John Stones, Trent Alexander-Arnold||Ben Chilwell, Callum Wilson, Eberechi Eze, Bukayo Saka||–|
England manager Southgate has recalled Ollie Watkins, Jarrod Bowen and Trent Alexander-Arnold with Raheem Sterling still missing. Eddie Nketiah and Levi Colwill retained their spots but there’s no call-up for in-form West Ham midfielder James Ward-Prowse. Bukayo Saka has withdrawn due to injury.
Australia team news
|Massimo Luongo, Brandon Borrello, Craig Goodwin, Awer Mabil, Jordan Bos, Andrew Redmayne, Lewis Miller||Ashley Maynard-Brewer, Nathaniel Atkinson, Denis Genreau, Aiden O’Neill, Cameron Devlin, Nicholas D’Agostino, Mathew Leckie||–|
Australia head coach Graham Arnold made many changes to his squad for the game against England and New Zealand shortly after. The most notable recall is midfielder Massimo Luongo, who last made his Socceroos appearance more than four years ago, the Ipswich Town man netted in their 2015 Asian Cup final win over South Korea, but hasn’t played for Australia since January 2019.
England vs Australia head-to-head record
- 27 May 2016 – England 2-1 Australia – International Friendly
- 12 Feb 2003 – England 1-3 Australia – International Friendly
- 01 Jun 1991 – Australia 0-1 England – International Friendly
- 19 Jun 1983 – Australia 1-1 England – International Friendly
- 15 Jun 1983 – Australia 0-1 England – International Friendly
Overall, the Three Lions have played the Socceroos on seven occasions, winning four times and drawing twice.