Tonight sees England take on Holland in their first game since the recent departure of Fabio Capello.
So, what can we expect?
A new lease of life, a fresh feel, and plenty of passion.
England vs Holland
With Stuart Pearce taking temporary charge, and naming Tottenhams Scott Parker as the new captain it’s well and truly a new era for England. Parker will lead the team out as they go in search of their fourth straight win at Wembley. Pearce will be looking to instill some of his passion into the players as its something that has often been critised in the past. It’s not all doom and gloom however, England’s last three games have ended with 1-0 victories, another win tonight will give the nation a much-needed boost heading into the Euros in the summer. England are best price 21/10 with Bet Victor to win tonight’s game.
Holland have failed to win any of their last four friendlies, but don’t be put off as these have included Brazil and Uruguay (away) and Germany. The hosts are without the likes of Glen Johnson, Kyle Walker, Wayne Rooney, Tom Cleverley and Darren Bent who have all withdrawn since the squad was named. John Terry and Rio Ferdinand also miss out due to injury. This coupled with the array of attacking prowess of the visitors suggests that this may a little closer than some expect. The visitors are available at 13/8.
The last four meetings between the sides have ended all square, so a draw looks to be a safe bet on the face of it – priced at 9/4 it also offers good value, and will be sure to attract the attention of some punters.
Who will score first?
With England’s favourable front-line missing, Danny Welbeck will be looking to take his chance and make an impact, he is as long as 15/2 with Bet 365 to bag the first goal. Holland, littered with goal-scores will look to take full advantage of England’s missing personnel at the back. Arsenal’s Robin Van Persie leads the goal-scoring betting for the visitors at 11/2 unsurprisingly given his record in the Premier League thus far this season, but if you’re looking for value Klass-Jan Huntelaar to net first is the bet for you. Having topped the Euro 2012 qualifying statistics with 12 goals and scored 30 in 49 appearances at a price of 13/2 is very tempting.
With renewed hope and new personnel, there will be a party atmosphere prior to kick off in whats set to be a sell-out Wembley crowd. Having said this, Holland are not to be taken lightly and will be out to spoil the party.
Sensible prediction 1-1 (11/2)
Ambitious prediction Holland HT-England FT (40/1)