Southgate’s England set for major tests

Gareth Southgate

Friendly internationals are the way to go for those sides fortunate enough to have booked their places at the World Cup finals next summer, with England opting for a high-profile double.

First up is a Wembley showdown on Friday with old foes Germany, with four of the last five friendly meetings between the two sides going the way of the away team.

So 11/10 for a German victory looks a decent option while 13/2 for a 1-0 win for the visitors also has some merit.

If you fancy England to come out on top, 21/4 for a home win and both teams to score may be the way to go.

Four days later Brazil arrive in England, with the host holding a more than decent recent record against the South American superstars.

Since a 2-1 World Cup quarter-final defeat to the Selecao in 2002, four meetings have produced two draws and one win apiece for both sides.

The 51/20 for another draw this time appears to be decent value while freed from the restrictions of competitive action, goals would seem more likely so how about 13/1 for a 2-2 draw if you fancy a longer shot?

Meanwhile, Germany move on to host France hoping to avenge a 2-0 defeat by Les Bleus in the semi-finals of the European Championship just over a year ago.

With that fresh in their minds, Die Mannschaft at 23/20 to win the game could offer a limited return.

World Cup finals hosts Russia also have an intriguing double-header as they face Argentina on Saturday and Spain three days later.

They will be eager to show what they can do against two fancied sides and at 47/20 to draw with the South Americans and 59/20 to do the same against Spain, you might be tempted to try your luck.

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