European Championships Qualifying Starts TonightPublished September 8, 2014 by Sol FH
Can Rooney and the rest of the Three Lions defeat Switzerland in their opening match at 19:45 (UK time).
The European Championships qualifying tournament set off with a bang yesterday with eight matches, which did not disappoint. Watching the World Cup champions (Germany), take on Scotland was a treat to get things started. It is now day two of the qualifying tournament and in the UK all eyes will be on the men's national team in hopes that they can beat the Swiss in Basel. England are the underdogs (3.00, bet365) for tonight's match but their focus is on winning the opening match and staying atop Group E throughout the stage.
St. Jakob-Park is the venue for tonight's match-up and it will be a packed house as the Swiss gladly take the home team advantage and try to give their fans what they want. Switzerland go into tonight's game as the favorite's (2.62, bet365), but England's Coach Roy Hodgson served as the head of the Swiss side from January 26, 1992 to November 15, 1995 and could lead the underdogs to a hard-fought win.
Tale of the Tape
Switzerland are now under the guidance of new manager Vladimir Petkovic, whom took over on July 13, 2014. The team should look just like the side that narrowly lost to Argentina in the 'last 16' round at the World Cup and that lineup will most likely carry the Swiss team through to the European Championships tournament.
The Swiss side will include Sommer, Schar, Djourou, Lichtsteiner, Rodriguez, Shaqiri, Behrami, Mehmedi, Inler, Xhaka and Drmic. Expect to see good things from Josip Drmic and Gokhan Inler in tonight's contest.
England's side have an uphill battle tonight as they have been plagued by injuries and lack-luster performances of late. They won, 1-0 in a friendly match a few days ago against Norway, but only had two shots on goal the entire game. That win capped a five-game losing streak, which included their early exit from the group stage at the World Cup.
Wayne Rooney knows that a win tonight is crucial for the England's chances to qualify, but with Daniel Sturridge out with a hamstring injury, the Three Lions need to make some changes if they are to have any chance tonight.
England's side will include Hart, Jones, Cahill, Baines, Jagielka, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wilshere, Henderson, Sterling, Rooney and Welbeck.
Live Betting Odds
bet365 Sports is covering all the European Qualifiers and has a ton of markets for tonight's match between England and Switzerland. Punters interested in making an online sports bet can do so before the game and there are markets like: Correct Score, Half and Full Time Result, Over/Under, Double Chance, Goalscorers, Winning Margin, Scorecast and much more.
There is the potential for lucrative cash up for grabs tonight and with all of the European Championships Qualifying games and bet365 is offering more markets that most for each match.