England v Australia Preview

May 26, 2016 | By

BetVictor £25 Free BetsInternational friendly action Friday Night comes from the Stadium of Light as England play host against Australia.

The full game can be seen live on ITV High Definition with the game scheduled to begin at 19:45pm (BST).

England v Australia Preview, International Friendly, Friday 27th May 2016

The first of the three pre-EURO friendlies went well for Roy Hodgson who’s England side managed to keep up the good history of head to head results against Turkey last Sunday. Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspurs gave England the early lead when he fired home in the third minute, only then for the side to lapse in concentration as then minutes later Turkey equalized, scoring their first goal ever against an England side. Seven minutes before the end of the game however things got back on track when Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy fired home a deflection to eventually give England a well deserved 2 – 1 win.

England verses Australia should be a routine win for a side such as England’s, yet the last time these two met thirteen years ago the traveling side humiliated England 3 – 1 at Wembley. That said however I really do not see the home side losing this even though the game is not played at the usual location. However it may sound, I am sure you’ll all agree the way England have been playing it should be an easy win with plenty of goals scored on the night. England are not defending at all well recently having only had the one clean sheet in their last five games played.

Australia are currently competing in the Asia World Cup qualifiers and ended up top of the group in the 2nd round of qualification. The next round of qualification starts end of August in which they face some tough opponents with Japan the favourites to top the group. After this it will be the 4th round of qualifiers although it will only be those who finish third in the table taking that play-off spot. Australia will be hoping to be one of the five nations who get to play in the World Cup in 2018 although it will be tough with plenty of quality sides still fighting it out.

In the last fifteen fixtures played we have only seen Australia lose on the two occasions with Korea Republic back in 2015 in the Asian Cup, and then more recently in October of last year during the stage two World Cup qualifiers against Jordan away from home. They did get their revenge on Jordan however when they met in the last fixture which ended 5 – 1 to Australia. After England we do see Australia face Greece before continuing the next stage of World Cup qualifiers.

England Team News

With the Liverpool and Manchester United players unavailable to face Turkey last Sunday, we could get to see the likes of young Marcus Rashford who this season has been outstanding for Manchester United. Louis van Gaal who has now been sacked, was forced to play Rashford after several injuries to United’s strikers left him no choice. Yet what a choice it was with the youngster then being picked for a majority of United’s remaining games and ended up scoring plenty and making a massive name for himself.

Australia Team News

There aren’t many names we will recognize now who play for Australia with many left retiring from duty. Although Tim Cahill still features on a regular basis with the 36 year old having played in seven of the eight World Cup qualifying games and also scoring eight goals to seal a top spot in the table. Another name we will be familiar with is FA Cup losing Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak who has only played four times during the qualifiers.

England v Australia Head to Head Statistics:

We only have the two head to head encounters recorded between these two sides in which we have seen both sides win away from home. Realistically England really shouldn’t be losing this fixture on Friday with them set as the clear favourites by all the leading bookmakers, and I am sure this England side will not be happy losing against a side such as Australia regardless of how they have played during their World Cup qualifying campaign.

11/02/03 FRI England vs Australia 1 : 3
31/05/91 FRI Australia vs England 0 : 1

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

In the two games played out against each other we have seen a total of five goals scored, which is going to give us a goals per game average of 2.5. I’m sure come Friday we will see three goals minimum especially with the exciting youngster Marcus Rashford set to start his England career. The Manchester United striker could impress so much that he automatically books his flight to France for next months competition.

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England v Australia Recent Form (Left to Right)

England: W L W W L

Australia: WW W W L

In the last five games played it is the visitors who have the better form with just the one loss against Jordan. Yet we need to consider just who each side have played since the World Cup in Brazil. England have faced much tougher opponents and have lost against Spain away from home and the Netherlands at Wembley.

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England v Australia Match Betting Odds Market

England are the clear and solid favourites to win this game especially with them being at home and the current form they are in. The bookmakers best odds right no can be found coming in here @ 2/7 with Ladbrokes – Up to £50 Matched Bets for New Customers Registering an Account

The Draw is the best Australia could hope for I think even though they did humiliate England 3 – 1 back in 2003 at Wembley. I can’t see that happening again and if I am honest I can’t even see a draw happening. The best odds currently found can be seen coming in here @ 5/1 with BetVictor – Receive £25 Free Bets For New Customers Registering an Account.

Australia may of won the last time these two met thirteen years ago yet I cannot see them giving a repeat of that performance against this strong England side. The best current bookmakers odds on the visitors winning can be seen coming in here @ 11/1 with Betfred – Bet £10 & Receive £30 Free Bets For New Customers.

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England v Australia Match Predictions, Banker Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets

The second of England’s pre-EURO friendlies kicks off this Friday evening where they welcome Australia once again, yet this time it wont be at Wembley, and instead to be played at The Stadium of Light in Sunderland. However the last time these two met it didn’t end well for the home side when England failed to turn up and lost 3 – 1 on the night. Back during this game we were graced by the likes of Harry Kewell who managed to score that night. England’s goalscorer that night was Francis Jeffers who himself ended his career late 2013 for League Two side Accrington Stanley where he only played seven games.

The game can be viewed live via ITV1 on Friday where as expected we do see the home side England set as solid favourites. Although Australia have been in good form they haven’t really faced many tough sides with the exception of Germany back in 2015. We should see some new faces for England on Friday where Manchester United’s new boy Marcus Rashford is set to make his debut. He has made a massive impact for United this season who were forced to play him due to far many injuries to the clubs front line. It paid off for the now sacked Louis van Gaal who although failed to make the Champions League, still managed to lift the FA Cup.

Australia qualified for the next stage of their World Cup Qualifiers campaign where they topped the group five points clear of Jordan who were the only side who managed to beat Australia. With the next stage of qualifiers due to kick off at the end of August, we do see Australia set to face some really tough opposition with the likes of Japan, Thailand and Saudi Arabia who themselves topped their groups during stage two.

My predictions for this game does of course see England win the game, and I do feel they will win it with ease on the night at the Stadium of Light. I also feel the likes of Marcus Rashford will arrive on the scene and make an impact much like he did for Manchester United this season. So for my banker I plan to take England to win and Marcus Rashford to score on his England debut. The other I am going for is a correct score prediction. With this I do see England scoring a respectable amount of goals and of course hopefully manage to keep a clean sheet, which hasn’t been seen on many occasions recently.

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