Content Editor at Free Super Tips, Alex was born in the shadow of Old Trafford and is an avid Man Utd fan. After graduating from university he combined his love of football, writing and betting to join FST and now closely follows goings-on in all of the top European leagues.
It’s just two days until England kick off their Euro 2020 campaign against Croatia and there are still serious question marks surrounding who Gareth Southgate will actually start at Wembley.
In fact, it’s still not confirmed what system Southgate will play, although many signs are pointing towards his three-at-the-back formation.
So, let’s take a look at FST’s expected lineup for Sunday’s game and throw in a few potentially tasty tips as well.
Jordan Pickford, priced at 1/16, looks almost nailed on for the starting position on Sunday. Dean Henderson is a long distance behind at 11/2 and Sam Johnstone is a firm third-place option despite an impressive debut last time out.
I’m opting for a three-man defence with two wing-backs here, and there are a couple of names we can almost guarantee we’ll see on the team sheet.
John Stones (1/50) will start at the heart of the three with Kyle Walker on the right side (1/50), but after that it gets a little murkier. Harry Maguire probably isn’t worth backing at 21/10, but the same can’t be said for Tyrone Mings. He’s 11/10 to take that final spot in a three-man defence and that looks pretty good value.
Luke Shaw (4/11) is huge favourite to take the left wing-back role ahead of Ben Chilwell, but again it’s a toss-up on the other side. I think Kieran Trippier gets the nod ahead of the admittedly excellent Reece James, and odds of 5/4 are worth considering.
Mason Mount (1/25) and Declan Rice (1/25) are strongly backed to partner up in the centre of midfield but one name that jumps off the screen here is Jack Grealish at 4/6. He was England’s best player in both warm-up friendlies and should be afforded a starting berth on the left of the attack.
Jack Grealish has already been mentioned because he sits in the midfielder section on Betfair, leaving us with just two spots.
Well, it’s just one spot, really, because Harry Kane (1/200) is an absolute nailed-on starter providing he doesn’t get injured. Wrap him up in cotton, Gareth!
I also expect Phil Foden to start on the right of the attack, but at odds of 1/12 there’s definitely no value there. Instead, backing Raheem Sterling at 4/5 might be an option considering how much of a regular he’s been under Southgate.
England’s predicted lineup vs Croatia
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