There are two words feared by Premier League managers and they are, 'International Friendlies'! That's right, there's a small number of 2014 World Cup qualifiers this week, including Northern Ireland's home clash with Azerbaijan. But what this means is that there are a whole host of International Friendlies taking place on Wednesday night, with England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland all in action.
Roy Hodgson's England side travel to Stockholm where the aptly named Friends Arena hosts their game with Sweden. It's somewhat of a makeshift squad that travels across to Scandinavia and there's the possibility of a number of debuts in the Three Lions shirt. There are seven players in line for their first caps for England on Wednesday. Fraser Forster has been rewarded a call-up following his fine performances in goal for Celtic against Barcelona, whilst Steven Caulker, Carl Jenkinson and Ryan Shawcross are all in the squad in defense. Everton's Leon Osman gets his first call up at the age of 32, whilst at the other end of the scale, Raheem Sterling and Wilfried Zaha have both graduated from the under-21's.
England have won their last two meetings with Sweden and the bookmakers make them 17/10 to win the match in Stockholm on Wednesday night. The supporters will be pleased to know the roof at the Friends Stadium will be shut following the shambolic scenes in Poland last month. The hosts are slight favourites in the betting, as Paddy Power go 8/5 about the Swedes in the match betting with the draw 9/4.
Sweden had for a long time been a thorn in the English side, unbeaten in twelve matches going all the way back to 1968 before a friendly twelve months ago where England were 1-0 winners thanks to a Daniel Majstorovic own goal. The teams met again in the European Championships last summer, which England won under Roy Hodgson 3-2.
England are unbeaten this season, picking up a friendly win against Italy before winning twice and drawing twice in their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign. The wins over Moldova and San Marino coupled with the draws against Ukraine and Poland leave Roy Hodsgon's side on top of Group H by one point from Montenegro. The performance wasn't great last time out in Poland however and with so many first teamers out for Wednesday's game it's difficult to be a confident backer of Hodgson's men.
Sweden currently sit in second place in their group behind Germany but ahead of the Republic of Ireland with a game in hand over the Germans. This workmanlike team is managed by Erik Hamren and they are reliant on the mercurial skills of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in attack. It's no real surprise that the Paris St Germain attacker is favourite to score the first goal with Paddy Power at odds of 9/2, whilst the 13/8 about him to score anytime looks like a decent bet against what will be a makeshift England defence. In the same market, Gary Cahill catches the eye at best price 11/1 with Paddy Power. The Chelsea defender almost certain to start the match at centre back alongside Phil Jagielka and with a good habit of popping up with a goal at set pieces.
There have been plenty of goals in this fixture in the recent past, so the over 2.5 goals at 11/10 in the betting with Paddy Power does have some appeal, especially with the defence to likely be chopped and changed during the 90 mins.
There has been a lot of talk in the build up to the match about the talent that is Wilfried Zaha and the Crystal Palace is 10/1 to score first if he is to be handed his first cap. The bookmakers make him odds on to still be at Palace after the January transfer window with Arsenal the favourites to sign him were he to move clubs this season.
Sweden v England Tips
Tip #1: The draw @ odds of 9/4 with Paddy Power.
Tip #2: Over 2.5 goals @ odds of 11/10 with Paddy Power.
Tip #3: Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score anytime @ odds of 13/8 with Paddy Power.
Correct Score Odds
13/2 Sweden 1-0
10/1 Sweden 2-0
8/1 Sweden 2-1
7/1 Draw 0-0
5/1 Draw 1-1
12/1 Draw 2-2
7/1 England 1-0
12/1 England 2-0
9/1 England 2-1
First Goalscorer Odds
9/2 Zlatan Ibrahimovic
15/2 Danny Welbeck
15/2 Mathias Ranegie
8/1 Daniel Sturridge
8/1 Marcus Berg
10/1 Ashley Young
10/1 Wilfried Zaha
11/1 Steven Gerrard
12/1 Tobias Sana
14/1 Raheem Sterling
14/1 Kim Kallstrom
Odds supplied by PaddyPower.com, plus over 50 other markets on this match and all International fixtures, including live betting in-running.
|Back PSG to progress in style by desposing of Bayer Leverkusen|
Ibrahimovic Can Add To His Tally
|Sergio Aguero looking to inspire Man City to historic comeback|
Back The Striker To Score In Spain
|Arsenal odds on to win the FA Cup after Manchester City crash out|
Pepe Mel Also A Big Market Mover After The Weekend
|Back Atletico Madrid to hold their nerve and dump out AC Milan|
Diego Costa Can Play A Pivotal Role
|Arsenal a long shot to produce miracle comeback against Bayern Munich|
Back Olivier Giroud To Score
|Hull v Sunderland Odds Black Cats can secure another Wembley appearance|
Sunderland Can Upset The Odds At The KC
|Man City are odds on for FA Cup revenge against Wigan at The Etihad|
Last Eight Tie Sees 2013 Finalists Meet Again
|Sheffield United v Charlton Odds Jose Baxter Can See Blades Into FA Cup Semi Final|
Struggling Charlton The Outsiders For Last Eight Cup Tie
|Bury v Rochdale Odds Back Scott Hogan to score in spicy Lancashire derby|
Bury Favourites For The Win
|Arsenal bid to rescue their season with an FA Cup win over Everton|
Money Back If Romelu Lukaku Scores Anytime
|Republic Of Ireland V Greece Odds Tight Match Expected At The Aviva|
Betting Market Shows Ireland As The Slight Favourites
|Northern Ireland V Azerbaijan Betting Tight Encounter Set For Windsor Park|
Michael O'Neill's side aim to build on Portugal point
|AFC Wimbledon V York City Odds Dons Narrow Favourites To Progress Through To Second Round|
Back Byron Harrison to open the scoring
|One Cap Wonders England XI|
Barton and Nugent star in our Three Lions team
|Braintree V Tranmere Odds Back Jake Cassidy To Be The Difference|
Exciting David v Goliath Clash In FA Cup First Round
|Sire De Grugy Heads Betting For 2014 Queen Mother Champion Chase|
Sizing Europe Tipped To Turn Back The Years And Win A Second Queen Mother
|Red Sherlock Can Get The Better Of Faugheen In The Neptune Novices Hurdle|
Leading Pair Are Unbeaten Over Hurdles
|Morning Assembly Given The Nod In Competitive RSA Chase Renewal|
Ballycasey Heads The Betting For Mullins And Walsh
|West Indies V England 2nd T20 Visitors Looking To Bounce Back In Barbados|
Windies Favourites For The Win
|Sergio Aguero Looking To Inspire Man City To Historic Comeback|
Back The Striker To Score In Spain
BRAND NEW £250 free bet offer.
Open Account - Free £250 Bets With Paddypower
The UK based bookmaker Betfred is now offering up to £35 in free bets for new clients on their site.
Open Account - Free £35 Bets With Betfred
Ladbrokes are one of the highest rated online bookmakers in the UK and are a superb choice for placing your bets. You can claim a £50 free bet when opening a new account with Ladbrokes by clicking on one of the links on this site.
Bet £50 or more and Ladbrokes will match this with a free bet to the same stake unit.
Open Account - £50 Free Bet - Ladbrokes
Get free bets totalling £150 with bookmaker Sky Bet
Open Account - Open Account - Get £150 in free bets with Sky Bet
BetVictor is offering £100 in free bets to all new clients.
Open Account - Open Account - Free £100 Bets With BetVictor
Those looking for some online casino entertainment ought to check out all the latest UK Casino Sign Up offers from the top operators including 32Red and many of the sports betting casinos.
There is excellent information, should you be interested in playing online blackjack, roulette, the best progressives or slots - Online Casino Betting with the best introductory offers