England v Wales Preview, betting, and probable starting teams with both sides clashing in this International friendly.
England v Wales Preview
England Team News
Gareth Southgate’s England welcome Wales to Wembley in this international friendly on Thursday night. Despite the rivalry between the two teams England will most likely have an experimental line-up. Both teams have already qualified for Euro 2020 with England finishing top of group A and Wales finishing second in group E.
Southgate may have a selection dilemma after multiple England players have been in the media recently for all the wrong reasons. Jaden Sancho along with Chelsea duo Abraham and Chilwell were all filmed in this game’s build up, at a party breaking covid restrictions. Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood in the last international camp broke restrictions after attempting to sneak four girls into the England hotel.
With Southgate furious it’ll be interesting to see if he leaves these players on the bench to send a message to the rest of the squad. England will likely go for a 4-3-3 formation that they have used most often in their last few internationals. However, if Southgate opts to leave some big players out due to recent news, he may change his formation around the rest of the squad.
Wales Team News
Wales, having already achieved European Championship qualification will be looking to experiment with Ryan Giggs calling up some uncapped players. Wales will go into this home nations clash with their key players injured. Gareth Bale has a knee problem, Aaron Ramsey remains in Italy in isolation whilst Robson Kaunu broke his arm over the weekend. Joe Allen is still out with an achilles problem whilst Dan James has a stomach bug and may be ruled out.
Despite this Wales will no doubt be confident of a result in Wembley. Currently sitting top of their Nations League table and unbeaten in eight games gives them a massive confidence boost.
With Ryan Giggs voicing his young players to be expressive on the pitch this could be an end to end game regardless of personnel. Wales will be predicted to line out in their compact 4-2-3-1 formation. David Brooks or Harry Wilson likely to slot in for the injured Gareth Bale.
Predicted result England 2- 0 Wales
I predict an energetic expansive game. England filled with its new faces will look to dominate possession despite an empty Wembley. England will look to the trickery and quick feet of Jack Grealish to win fouls and draw players out of position. Kalvin Phillips will look to pull the strings in midfield sitting deep dictate the flow of the game.
The best chances of the game for England will mostly come from powerhouse Harry Kane or in form Everton man Dominic Calvert Lewin. With both strikers offering something different Southgate will be likely to rest Kane for the Nations League games.
Wales will look to sit deep and absorb England’s pressure. With the raw pace of Dan James on the right wing and the skill full David brooks on the left Wales will be able to break out with blistering pace and cause England problems.
Giggs will without a doubt target England’s centre backs that have not had good weekends in Premier League recently. With Harry Maguires shambolic performance in United 6-1 loss to Spurs and Joe Gomez’s sloppy game losing 7-2 to Aston Villa. The England defence will be at an all time low with recent form.
However, England will emerge as slender winners. I feel the amount of quality in the England team despite some big names being potentially left out will have too much for Wales. Especially against a Wales team that have a large amount of injury concerns and will be a relatively inexperienced side.
Thursday 8:00 pm ITV (UK)
Venue Wembley Stadium
Previous Meeting England 2- 1 Wales (Euro 2016)
Referee Robert Madden
Odds England Win 2/7, Wales Win 4/1, Draw 15/2
Predicted Starting Line-ups
England Probable Starting Team
Pope; Alexander-Arnold, Maguire, Coady, Saka; Phillips, J. Henderson; Barnes, Grealish, Rashford; Calvert-Lewin
Subs B.Chilwell, E.Dier, J.Gomez, M.Keane, M.Niles, T.Mings,T.Trippier, K.Walker, M.Mount, D.Rice, J.Ward Prowse, H.Winks, T.Abraham, D.Ings, J.Sancho, R.James
Doubtful: Abraham/Chillwell/Sancho (unused due to breaking restrictions)
Injured: R.Sterling (Hamstring)
Discipline: 1Y, 1R
Top Scorer R.Sterling 1
Wales Probable Starting Team
H.Hennessey, C.Roberts, E.Ampadu, B.Davis, J.Roden, M.Smith, J.Williams, D.Brooks,H.Wilson, J.Morell, K.Moore
Subs D.Ward, A.Davis, C.Gunter, C.Mempham, N.Williams, B.Cabango, Rhys Norrington Davis, W.Vaulks, B.Johnson, D.Levitt, T.Roberts, B.Woodburn, Rabbi Matondo
Doubtful: A.Ramsey (Isolation)
Injured: H.Robson Kanu (Arm), G.Bale (Knee), J.Allen (Acillies)
Discipline: 6Y, 0R
Top Scorer K.Moore, N.Williams 1