Following the thorough disappointment at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where England dropped out in the first round of matches, ending up on 4th place in the group stage, Ray Hodgson looked to revitalize the English national football team. If the Euro 2016 qualifiers are to be used as an indicator of whether the Englishman succeeded, we can certainly make a positive claim regarding the matter. Although they are yet to prove their strength on the big stage, don’t be surprised if England comes in as one of the favorites for claiming the cup itself, come summer of 2016.
So far in Group E of the Euro 2016 qualifiers, England has been the team to beat. Their current record marks 7 wins and 0 losses and draws. They have scored 24 goals, whilst only conceding 3. The team has already qualified, which was determined by their 0:6 triumph over San Marino, and they will look to reinforce their spot and seal the 1st position in their next match versus Switzerland.
Switzerland has been looking absolutely dominant lately. This national team has been showing consistent performances for years leading up to the Euro 2016 qualifiers, including the World Cup of 2014. Their current performance in Group E further reinforces this statement. Although they sit in 2nd place behind England, having lost two matches so far, the team’s strength is not to be taken lightly.
In their last five matches, the Swiss national team won all five, scoring 16 goals, and conceding only 3. Their only threat for a qualifying spot is Estonia, who they demolished 3:0 in their last meeting, sitting below them with a 5 point difference.
In this matchup, England is coming in as a firm favorite. Even though most bookmakers have them at relatively high odds, averaging around 1.70 or 7/10, it’s hard to see them not winning this game. The teams’ latest meeting ended in 0:2 in favor of the Englishmen. The safest option is to bet on England winning due to their recent form, among other factors. The English national team definitely has more to prove to the world.
Looking at it from a different perspective, it is notable that the teams are coming in as strong as possible into this matchup, both having won their last five games. Switzerland is not a team to be taken lightly, and looking into the history and playstyles of both teams, a good value bet would be betting on over 2.5 goals, at odds of 2.10 or 11/10.
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