England v Switzerland Preview

England take on Switzerland in Leicester on Tuesday and Gareth Southgate’s side will be looking to round off the international break on a positive note.

The Three Lions were downed 2-1 by Spain in their Nations Cup opener on Saturday, but it was a different story for the Swiss who smashed Iceland 6-0.

With this an international friendly rather than a competitive game, both can afford to relax in what could be an entertaining affair in Leicester.

Three Lions to roar

Despite taking the lead against La Roja, England were second best for long spells of the game, with Spain’s superiority with the ball clear for all to see.

Tuesday’s fixture is a chance to turn the tables and they will fancy themselves against a nation who they have never lost to at home, reflected in the away win being 5.10 and the draw 3.55.

The home win can be backed at a tempting 1.71, especially when you consider England won both home and away in Euro 2016 qualifying.

While the Three Lions made the semi-finals at this summer’s World Cup, the Swiss went out in the last 16 for the second straight showpiece tournament, having also failed to make it to a fifth game at Euro 2016.

Both teams are likely to make changes but England have greater depth and should have too much.

Goals likely to be in short supply

With little to play for, a lack of intensity can often lead to fairly sedate affairs. All the players involved will likely have one eye on the weekend when they return to domestic matters, leading to a lack of cut and thrust and direction from the players.

The Three Lions have scored two or more goals in their last six games against Switzerland and England (-2) on the handicap is a tempting 6.45. However, they have only managed 18 in their 12 home games under Southgate.

You can also add into the mix that six of the Swiss’ last seven on the road have seen under 2.5 goals (1.66).

A ‘no’ on the both teams to score betting is appealing, at 1.76, but there may be better value elsewhere, with Under 1.5 standing out at 3.00.

Kane can rule the King Power

If one man is likely to get on the scoresheet, Harry Kane is that guy.

Having spent time on the loan at the King Power in 2013, the England captain has netted 11 in Premier League outings against Leicester and his form in the Foxes’ den is excellent – scoring five on his last two visits to the ground.

Kane was close but not close enough on Saturday against Spain, but will likely play a bit further forward, with Southgate expected to switch things around following Marcus Rashford’s mixed showing against La Roja and the skipper is 3.60 to open the scoring.

Chance for young Lions to shine

Southgate has suggested he will make nine or so changes to his side and two men who could be handed debuts are Ben Chilwell and Demarai Gray.

Both will be looking to impress on their home ground and could line up alongside the likes of Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Dele Alli, all of whom are under 23.

Southgate knows Chilwell and Gray from the under-21s and after strong starts to the season, they will be desperate to make an impact for the senior side.