England vs Switzerland Free Bets – Punters eye 6/1 odds boost on Three Lions

England start their 2016 European Championship qualifying campaign away to Switzerland in arguably their hardest game of the group.

The pair are the favourites to qualify from the group, with two nations guaranteed a place at the major competition.

England edged past Norway in a recent friendly, with the new captain Wayne Rooney scoring the only goal from the penalty spot.

It was England’s first match since their disappointing 2014 World Cup campaign, where they were eliminated in the group stage.

Switzerland’s last result was at the 2014 World Cup, where they were eliminated in extra-time by Angel Di Maria.

Argentina were unable to break the Swiss down for 116 minutes, until Di Maria’s superb finish won the game for Alejandro Sabella’s side.

Switzerland have won just three of the 22 previous international meetings against England, with their last win back in 1981.

England fought back from two goals down to earn a draw in the last meeting, after having won 3-1 away to Switzerland in the same set of qualifiers.

In Fabio Capello’s first match in charge of England, they beat Switzerland 2-1 back in 2008, with Shaun Wright-Phillips scoring the winner.

Team news

Yann Sommer will start in goal for Switzerland, following the international retirement of Diego Benaglio.

Vladimir Petkovic’s biggest decision is whom to play in the centre half positions, with Steve von Bergen the favourite to occupy one of the top positions.

Bayern midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri will be their biggest threat, with Leverkusen’s Josip Drmic to start up front on his own.

England will be without Daniel Sturridge, who was ruled out of the international on Friday afternoon.

New captain Wayne Rooney is likely to be pushed further forward into the main striker role, with James Milner a candidate to come into the midfield.

Phil Jones will start with Glen Johnson injured, whilst Phil Jagielka will be confident of returning ahead of Everton team-mate John Stones.

Switzerland (4-2-3-1): Sommer; Lichtsteiner, von Bergen, Schaer, Rodriguez; Behrami, Inler; Stocker, Shaqiri, Xhaka; Drmic

England (4-2-3-1): Hart; Jones, Cahill, Jagielka, Baines; Wilshere, Henderson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sterling, Milner; Rooney


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