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England vs Spain: fear the worst for Capello’s depleted team

| 10.11.2011

The task facing Fabio Capello’s team this weekend should not be underestimated.

Reigning World and European Champions Spain are one of the greatest international sides in history and have named their strongest possible squad for this game at Wembley.

It’s a squad so strong that Cesc Fabregas is arguably only their fourth best central midfielder.

Meanwhile, England are without Jack Wilshere, Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney, while Gabriel Agbonlahor has been ruled out with a hamstring injury.

The fact Agbonlahor’s absence is seen as a major blow just goes to show the gulf in class between these sides…

Match odds

Spain qualified for Euro 2012 with a 100 per cent record in Group I, scoring 26 goals and conceding just six in their eight games.

They have won their previous three encounters with England and the last game saw them triumph 2-0 as they ran rings around Capello’s team in midfield.

Vicente del Bosque’s men unsurprisingly side head into the game as 10/11 favourites which continues to look like an absolutely brilliant price.

If you fancy a patriotic punt though, England can be backed at 10/3 to win and at 23/10 to get the draw.

Goal Markets

Spain have only failed to find the net twice in their previous 35 games and face an England team who haven’t kept a single clean sheet in their last six friendly encounters at home.

However, none of the previous three games between the sides have yielded more than two goals, which means backing under 2.5 goals looks tempting at 4/6.

With England’s three remaining strikers getting just four international goals between them – all from Darren Bent – backing Spain to win to nil is also worth considering at 7/4.

Finally, David Villa became the 14th European player to score 50 goals for his country last month and can be backed at 5/1 to find the net first.



Richard Anderson