Don’t we all love an international weekend? Nope, me neither. Unfortunately the prospect of no club football is not good, but this weekend’s Wales v England match will surely be like a premiership game won’t it? Maybe my expectations are too high, actually, when it comes to International football, they probably couldn’t be any lower. So I found Betto and he has agreed to give out some tips for this weekend’s Wales v England match. Let’s see what he has got for us on the back of a couple of good weeks:
The big news this week is Gareth Bale’s withdrawal from the match after a hamstring injury. A big disappointment for Wales and possibly an even bigger disappointment for all football fans who were looking forward to seeing him back in action. Other than that Wales are in confident mood for the game with Aaron Ramsey becoming Wales’ youngest ever captain under the new regime of Gary Speed. Bellamy and Morrison should be the front two for Wales.
England have lost keeper Ben Foster to injury and David Seaman has been drafted in to replace him…what’s that? Oh sorry, apparently it’s not David Seaman, it’s Scott Carson. With Ferdinand and Gerrard still injured and Andy Carroll only just returning from injury, England fans wait with bated breath to see what Capello’s starting line-up will be. Jagielka and Dawson are on standby to partner John Terry as he returns as captain, Wilshere and Parker are vying for a spot in the middle of the park. Peter Crouch will be pushing Andy Carroll to start up front with Rooney.
Barry v Ramsey
Key midfield battle that could of course end up being Wilshere v Ramsey, which I think we would all like to see. Ramsey will want to produce in his first match as captain, it is important he does not allow the midfield to get overrun and he will have to be on top of his game. Barry will be looking to contain Ramsey as he tries to pick passes and get forward.
Collins v Rooney
These two know each other only too well from the Premier League, Rooney has the upper hand scoring twice when Villa and United met in February. Rooney may drop deep, Collins won’t fancy following him too far. Anything in the air Collins should dominate, but Rooney will fancy his chances of nicking a goal.
Morrison v Terry
Great match up between these two and big test for Morrison. Some say if Morrison had that extra yard of pace he would be in the Premiership, so he will be eager to impress. This one will be a great aerial battle and also an interesting slow motion race. Morrison will fancy a goal, Terry will fancy Morrison’s Mrs…all to play for.
There has been a lot of hype around this one, but let’s not beat around the bush, Wales have lost all 3 qualifiers so far. But they will be perky – Gary Speed has them up for this one, with a full house at the Millennium anything could happen in this home nations derby. England should be too strong and a draw could be the best Wales can hope for.
If you are feeling optimistic:
3-1 England win
Goal for Rooney and Morrison
2-0 England win