Three Lions to handle US test

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Gareth Southgate

England take on the United States in a friendly at Wembley on Thursday and the hosts, who have Wayne Rooney back in the fold for a one-off game, have enough quality to pick up the win.

England to win and BTTS @ 43/20

Gareth Southgate’s men are on a three-game unbeaten run ahead of the contest, having beaten Switzerland and Spain either side of a Croatia draw, and they last lost to the US back in 1993.

Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson has been included in the squad for the first time and he is 21/20 to score anytime whilst it is 7/2 for the 26-year-old to notch the final goal of the game.

England’s defence has been strong in recent outings, keeping clean sheets in two of their last three matches, but the absence of injured duo Harry Maguire and Kieran Trippier could have a huge impact.

The United States have scored in seven of their last eight games but they have failed to win their last five away contests and it will be difficult for the visitors to end that streak at Wembley.

Draw – Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland @ 2/1

Both countries are struggling for form ahead of the contest at the Aviva Stadium in what will be the first meeting between the two teams since the 2011 Nations Cup clash, which ended up in a 5-0 win for the Republic of Ireland.

Martin O’Neill’s men have lost five of their last nine matches – winning just one of those – and they have only managed to score five goals during this poor run of form.

Northern Ireland have lost four of their last five games, failing to score in three of those defeats, and the attacking deficiencies of both Irish sides point towards a dull affair, with under 1.5 goals priced at 7/5.

Germany to win and BTTS @ 37/20

Joachim Low’s men take on Russia at the Red Bull Arena and although the hosts come into the game off the back of successive defeats to the Netherlands and France, they will have enough to pick up the win.

Germany have never lost against Russia in six previous meetings – winning five and drawing one – and the 2014 World Cup winners are unbeaten in their last two outings on home soil.

Stanislav Cherchesov’s side are unbeaten in their last four outings, scoring nine goals in the process, and although a win is unlikely, they can at least find the back of the net.

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