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Betting expert Jim Knight investigates the best markets on the Three Lions' clash with their Nordic bogey side, who they have failed to beat since 1968

Our betting week got off to the perfect start as our recommended selection on Brazil (-1 handicap) paid off as they beat Egypt 2-0 @ 2.10. The Selecao maintained their recent record of scoring exactly two goals in games, which was also well priced at 3.20.

Another friendly is on the menu tonight as England take on Sweden at Wembley. The Three Lions haven't beaten the Scandinavians for 43 years but will be buoyed after turning over Spain on Saturday.


Match result
England will be in a confident mood after the win on Saturday, but they face a tough challenge in Erik Hamren’s Sweden. Despite a 2-0 loss to Denmark in their last game, the visitors have a talented squad who will test England’s new look defence, which has now presided over consecutive clean sheets at Wembley.

Although they have qualified for Euro 2012 just three points behind Netherlands, Sweden don’t look as convincing on their travels. and the home side look the better proposition to claim a victory. However, the 1.77 on offer seems a little short.

Goals
England didn’t create a lot of opportunities against Spain and looked to focus on set pieces and play on the counterattack. They should see more of the ball against a dangerous Sweden side who have scored in nine out of their last 10 games, and seven of those have contained at least three goals.

Fabio Capello may rotate his squad, but with several players getting their chance in the spotlight they will be playing with a point to prove. Both teams look capable of finding the back of the net, and the 2.08 on offer for over 2.5 goals appeals in what could be a fairly open game.

Players
Frank Lampard is a 8.0 shot to get the first goal for the second time in a week at Wembley, while Bobby Zamora, who was an unused substitute on Saturday and should get some time on the pitch, is 7.0 to score first or 2.87 to score anytime.

Sebastian Larsson appears tempting at 8.0 to score anytime for the visitors, but he played 90 minutes against Denmark and may not be fully utilised against England. AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the favourite to score for the Swedes, he looks a rather large 9.0 or 3.50 to find the back of the net at any time during the game.

Match Odds: England 1.77, Draw 3.50, Sweden 5.0 (188BET)

Best Bet:
Over 2.5 goals @ 2.08 (188BET)

Value Bet: Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score anytime @ 3.50 (188BET)

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Jim Knight is a sports enthusiast and has been tipping football games since he was old enough to place a bet. He is a Leicester City fan, writer and member of the We Are Going Up Podcast

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