Sunday 9 June: 2pm
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Third and fourth place play-off games aren’t the most interesting events. England play in their second in less than a year and it’s even more agonising for them with the game against Switzerland being played just hours before the final. England will want to return home after a better display than they did on Thursday evening, particularly regards their defensive abilities.
It was a case of ‘haven’t we seen all this before?’ on Thursday evening. It’s a semi-final, England go 1-0 up but the other team are bossing midfield leading eventually to defeat. Yes it was the 2018 World Cup all over again as England lost 3-1 to the Netherlands.
The game on Thursday didn’t have all the hype that the semi-final against Croatia had and the result not quite so disappointing. While most fans couldn’t care less about the UEFA Nations League, they do care about the fact England’s defensive abilities are a liability. The fact their coach was an international defender is even more worrying.
John Stones had a nightmare match and it’ll be interesting to see if he gets to play against the Swiss. England are 11/10 (2.1) at Unibet to win this match in 90 minutes. Finishing third or fourth doesn’t really matter, it’s not as if there’s a Euro 2020 qualifying place at stake, but England have to put on a better performance.
At least after this match England don’t have another game until September. They are in a good position in a relatively straightforward qualifying group but they still have a great deal of work to do to be world beaters. You can get odds of 9/4 (3.25) at Bet365 to keep a clean sheet in this match.
England aren’t the only team with defensive problems because Switzerland don’t exactly go around giving defensive masterclasses. They have conceded eight goals in their last four matches and the only clean sheet in their last seven matches has been against Georgia. The odds on them not conceding in this match are 3/1 (4.0) at Black Type.
Their defense may be a problem and they had the misfortune to run into Cristiano Ronaldo on Wednesday evening. They can score goals though and beat Belgium 5-2 to qualify for the Nations League semi-finals. You can get odds of 7/2 (4.5) at Ladbrokes on them beating England on Sunday.
You never quite know what you are going to get with the Swiss. They can beat Belgium 5-2 after trailing 2-0 but then lose a home friendly to Qatar. Then they can be 3-0 up at home to Denmark in a European Championship qualifer with six minutes remaining and draw 3-3. Five of their last seven games have seen both teams score and it’s 6/10 (1.6) at Coral that stat comes up in this game.
England are unbeaten in their last 11 games against Switzerland with their last defeat happening in 1981. The most recent win for England was in a friendly played last September. Marcus Rashford scored the only goal of that match and he’s 11/8 (2.37) at BetVictor to score on Sunday. The last three games between these two countries have had under 2.5 goals scored in them. A bet at BoyleSports on that stat coming up on Sunday is 11/10 (2.1).
First Half Goal?
England have scored in the first half in five of their last six internationals. The odds on them scoring in the first half on Sunday are 4/5 (1.8) at Betway.
This is the game no one wanted to play in. It’s likely to be an open game played by two sides that don’t keep that many clean sheets. A bet on over 2.5 goals in the game has odds of 8/11 (1.72) at William Hill.