Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions face local opposition as they prepare for Nations League action in a friendly match on Thursday against Ryan Giggs’s Wales. El-Elyon McWilliams previews Wembley showdown which could see England senior debuts for Harvey Barnes, Bukayo Saka and in-form Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Who is playing?
England vs Wales
What competition is it?
What time is England vs Wales?
20:00 GMT, Thursday 4th October 2020
Which stadium is hosting England vs Wales?
Wembley Stadium, London, England
What channel is England vs Wales on?
England vs Wales Summary
Thursday will see two home nations go head to head in an international friendly at the home of English football Wembley stadium. Despite there being no crowd in attendance because of COVID rules. This is a much anticipated game since the teams last met with the Three Lions coming out on top with a 2-1 victory at Euro 2016. After a Gareth Bale free kick gave Wales a shock lead, in-form Foxes striker equalised in the second half before a last-minute winner from former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge secured an all important win in Group B.
England will hope to take the advantage of playing at home and continuing their two game winning streak on Thursday .
As for Wales, the Dragons hope to continue their impressive eight game winning streak with six wins and two draws. Ryan Giggs’s men have kept clean sheets in each of their last four games however it will be an uphill task against a dangerous England attacking frontline on Thursday night to extend that record one match further.
England Team News and Form
With four clean sheets in their last four fixtures played, Gareth Southgate side look strong going into Thursday’s friendly. England have added Reece James to the lineup. In addition to this, there may be likely debuts from Dean Henderson, Bukayo Sako, Harvey Barnes and Dominic Calvert Lewin.
However, the Three Lions will be without Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood because of their breach of COVID rules. As well as Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho all unlikely to feature to their breach of COVID rules recently. Raheem Sterling also features in Southgates long list of problems as they have ruled him out because of a hamstring injury.
Wales Team News and Form
Ryan Giggs’ side will look to making this their ninth victory despite being without their key men Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey. They’ll also be travelling to Wembley without Joe Allen , Tom Lockyer and Hal Robson-Kanu all absent because of injuries. With likely senior debuts from Rhys Norrington-Davies and Brennan Johnson.
England Last Five Matches
- Iceland (A) 0-1 Nations League draw
- Kosovo (A) 0-4 UEFA Euro qualifiers win
- Montenegro (H) 7-0 UEFA Euro qualifiers win
- Bulgaria (A) 0-6 UEFA Euro qualifiers win
- Czech Republic (A) 2-1 UEFA Euro qualifiers defeat
Wales Last Five Matches
- Bulgaria (H) 1-0 Nations League Win
- Finland (A) 0-1 Nations League Win
- Hungary (H) 2-0 UEFA Euro qualifiers win
- Azerbaijan (A) 0-2 Euro Qualifiers win
- Croatia (H) 1-1- UEFA Euro Qualifiers draw
England Top Goalscorers
- Harry Kane (32 International Goals) – Spurs’ key man is in fine form, not just in front of goal but also from a deeper role and assisting goals for fun this season. Whether he plays on Thursday after Jose Mourinho’s advice for Gareth Southgate remains in doubt.
- Raheem Sterling (13 International Goals) – Sterling cannot carry on his goal scoring form as injury has ruled him out of England’s next fixtures. In his place could be competitive debuts for Harvey Barnes and/or Bukayo Saka.
Wales Top Goalscorers
- Aaron Ramsey (16 International Goals) – Unfortunately for Wales, the former Arsenal man, who is now relishing life as a Juventus player under boss Andrea Pirlo, won’t feature in Thursday’s fixture.
- Kieffer Moore & Harry Wilson (3 goals) – Both hope to be an attacking threat on the England goal in the absence of Bale and Ramsey. Target man Moore is an established Championship striker, now with Cardiff City, whilst Wilson will have to wait for a chance to go out and get first team football away from Liverpool.
|9th October 2004||ENG 2-0 WAL||FIFA World Cup|
|3rd September 2005||ENG 1-0 WAL||FIFA World Cup|
|26th March 2011||ENG 1-0 WAL||Euro 2012 Qualifier|
|6th September 2011||ENG 1-0 WAL||Euro 2012 Qualifier|
|16th June 2016||ENG 2-1 WAL||Euro 2016|
El-Elyon’s Betting Tips
Despite Wales being on a eight game unbeaten streak, they have suffered the loss of two of their big team players in Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale. This could see England coming out on top in the clash of the home nations, despite several stars missing themselves. England to win is 3/10* with Mark Jarvis.
Harry Kane has been on top form this season scoring three goals for Tottenham including two which was scored this weekend after Tottenham thrashed Manchester United 6-1. Harry Kane to score anytime is 6/10* with Mark Jarvis.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s incredible form at the start of this season has earned him an England senior call up. He has scored in every Premier League game he has played this season so far. An alternative option to Harry Kane is a tremendous bonus for England, especially with two Nations League games following this friendly tie. England to win + Dominic Calvert-Lewin to score anytime is 13/10* with Mark Jarvis.
*Odds as of the time of writing (Wednesday 7th October 2020) are subject to change.
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