England v Italy – International Friendlies Preview

England play their final game before naming their squad for the World Cup finals on Tuesday as they host Italy at Wembley.

Gareth Southgate’s side claimed a good win in Amsterdam last week and they continue their preparations for Russia with a clash against the Azzurri.

Southgate is happy with how things have gone and is looking forward to testing his side against Italy.

“We’d picked specific players in the squad, from the goalkeeper right the way through the team, to do that and they played with a real confidence and enjoyed the ball,” he said.

“Competition for places helps performances and we’ve got that pretty much in every position. Now we have to look at different systems to allow players to play certain roles. We need to look at something a little bit different maybe on Tuesday to see as many of the players in different roles before we name the squad [for the World Cup.”

Alex McLeish faces his second game back in charge of Scotland as they face Hungary in Budapest, looking to bounce back from defeat to Costa Rica.

“We want to try to get a good result with a good performance,” said McLeish.

It is a busy night of action on Tuesday, which also sees the likes of Brazil, Argentina, France, Germany and Spain all in action – see below as we go through each major game with our Football Insider Graeme Bailey and Bet365.

England 20:00 Italy

MATCH ODDS: England 23/20 Draw 9/4 Italy 3/1
bet365 Pick: Under 2.5 goals @13/8
GRAEME SAYS: England are playing quite well, but they could cancel each other out…0-0

Hungary 19:00 Scotland

MATCH ODDS: Hungary 17/10 Draw 11/5 Scotland 19/10
bet365 Pick: Both Teams To Score – No @4/5
GRAEME SAYS: Not sure Scotland will get anything here, home win…2-0

Russia 16:50 France

MATCH ODDS: Russia  11/2 Draw 10/3 France 11/20
GRAEME SAYS: France will have too much for the World Cup hosts…0-2

Iran 17:00 Algeria

MATCH ODDS: Iran 13/10 Draw 2/1 Algeria 12/5
GRAEME SAYS: Iran should come away with a win, but will be close…2-1

Switzerland 18:00 Panama

MATCH ODDS: Switzerland 4/11 Draw 4/1 Panama 10/1
GRAEME SAYS: A closer game than some might think, I think Panama could get a draw…2-2

Moldova 19:00 Ivory Coast

MATCH ODDS: Moldova 17/2 Draw 17/4 Ivory Coast 4/11
GRAEME SAYS: Ivory Coast have some quality and should win this with ease…0-3

Denmark 19:00 Chile

MATCH ODDS: Denmark 9/5 Draw 23/10 Chile 7/4
GRAEME SAYS: Should be a close game, indeed can see a draw…1-1

Greece 19:00 Egypt

MATCH ODDS: Greece 12/5 Draw 2/1 Egypt 6/4
GRAEME SAYS: Another tasty looking clash but I believe Egypt will win…1-3

Senegal 19:00 Bosnia-Herzegovina

MATCH ODDS: Senegal 31/20 Draw 23/10 Bosnia 2/1
GRAEME SAYS: Senegal are a decent team, they should win this…2-0

Tunisia 19:00 Costa Rica

MATCH ODDS: Tunisia 13/8 Draw 11/5 Costa Rica 2/1
GRAEME SAYS: Close game, but Costa Rica have some class and will edge the win…1-2

Luxembourg 19:30 Austria

MATCH ODDS: Luxembourg 11/1 Draw 17/4 Austria 1/3
GRAEME SAYS: Austria will be far too strong here and ease to victory…0-3

Romania 19:30 Sweden

MATCH ODDS: Romania 29/20 Draw 9/4 Sweden 11/5
GRAEME SAYS: Won’t be easy for Sweden, in fact I can see a draw…1-1

Belgium 19:45 Saudi Arabia

MATCH ODDS: Belgium 1/8 Draw 17/2 Saudi 28/1
GRAEME SAYS: Big home win coming, impossible to see anything else…4-0

Germany 19:45 Brazil

MATCH ODDS: Germany 9/5 Draw 12/5 Brazil 17/10
GRAEME SAYS: A footballing classic, goals but probably a draw…2-2

Poland 19:45 South Korea

MATCH ODDS: Poland 8/13 Draw 29/10 South Korea 11/2
GRAEME SAYS: This will be a good game, Poland should just take it…1-0

Colombia 20:00 Australia

MATCH ODDS: Colombia 2/5 Draw 15/4 Australia 9/1
GRAEME SAYS: Colombia will win this, and with something to spare…2-0

Morocco 20:00 Uzbekistan

MATCH ODDS: Morocco 2/5 Draw 16/5 Uzbekistan 8/1
GRAEME SAYS: Morocco will come out on top here…2-0

Sesrbia 20:00 Nigeria

MATCH ODDS: Serbia 13/8 Draw 23/10 Nigeria 19/10
GRAEME SAYS: Decent game, can see them cancelling each other out…1-1

Spain 20:30 Argentina

MATCH ODDS: Spain 19/20 Draw 13/5 Argentina 16/5
GRAEME SAYS: I think Argentina might just edge this, but should be a good game…1-2

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