England v Spain tips: Three Lions set to be tamed at Wembley
England don't enjoy the best record against Spain and it won't be getting any better on Tuesday evening
November 14th, 2016
England and Spain have faced each other six times so far this century and whilst the Three Lions have triumphed on two occasions, the Spanish have the upper hand with wins in the other four meetings. Can Spain make it a fifth defeat for the hosts when they make the journey to Wembley Stadium for this latest meeting between the sides?
The last competitive match between England and Spain was twenty years ago in the 1996 European Championships, goalkeeper David Seaman proving to be the hero in the penalty-shoot-out after normal time and extra time produced no goals whatsoever. The last time that both sides managed to score in this fixture was in 1987 and whilst we expect a tough match on Tuesday evening, we’re not anticipating too many goals.
Perhaps England’s most impressive win over the Spanish was a 1-0 victory in 2011 with Frank Lampard scoring the only goal of the game at a time when Spain were the best side in the world. Indeed a win for the Three Lions would undeniably be an excellent morale-boosting result but it would also reinforce caretaker manager Gareth Southgate’s position as regards being handed the job on a more permanent footing.
Unfortunately for the hosts we don’t believe that they can get their confidence-boosting win. The Three Lions may have thrashed Scotland 3-0 in their last outing but with no disrespect to Strachan’s men the Scots are utterly dreadful at the moment and Spain themselves enjoyed a routine 4-0 win over Macedonia at the weekend with plenty to spare.
It won’t be a stroll in the park for the Spaniards on Tuesday evening but the bookies are certainly optimistic about their chances with Bet365 going 31/20 for a Spain victory. The visitors certainly possess greater quality in midfield and attack and this will be enough to ensure that they leave Wembley on Tuesday evening with the win in the bag.