Our resident betting expert is expecting an entertaining friendly with over 2.5 goals and both teams to score, but ultimately is backing the tie to end all square.
Gerrard has been consigned to a more defensive role in recent seasons, but the 32-year-old is still a threat from free-kicks and the penalty spot – not to mention his trademark pile drivers from long range. The Liverpool skipper scored against Manchester United earlier this season and he has 19 England goals to his name. The Tipster is backing Gerrard to score at any time at decent odds of 15/4.
England came from behind to secure a 3-2 victory over Sweden in one of the most exciting games of Euro 2012 back in the summer. The pair have shared some classics over the past decade, and two of the last three meetings have produced at least four goals. So The Tipster is backing over 2.5 goals between Sweden and England on Wednesday at 11/10.
England have been far from impressive in World Cup qualifying, and although they’ve beaten San Marino and Moldova in style, the Three Lions were held to draws by Poland and Ukraine. In addition, three of the last six meetings between these old rivals have finished all square. Sweden and England to draw is therefore a good shout at 23/10.
Both sides have scored in three of England’s last five games, while Sweden played out a 4-4 draw with Germany in their most recent World Cup qualifier. Furthermore, England and Sweden have both scored in four of their last six encounters. Therefore, both sides to score looks like an excellent shout at 5/6.
Hodgson has picked Crystal Palace youngster Wilfried Zaha after a string of impressive performances from the 20-year-old this season. The Palace star has scored four goals in 15 appearances this term, including a match-winning display against Peterborough on Saturday. The Tispter’s outrageous long shot this week is Zaha to score last against Sweden at 17/2.
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