There a few things in football that whet the appetite more than a big derby, and that is no different on the international stage. England invite Wales to Wembley for the first time in qualification action since 1973.
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A lot is riding on a win for both sides – should England take the three points, they find themselves a point away for qualification. A Wales victory would move them onto six points, and off the bottom of the group.
England’s 3-0 win over Bulgaria will give them great confidence going into the game, but they will have to overcome a home game hoodoo that has seen them fail to win at Wembley in four matches.
The last time these two countries met was earlier on in this qualification campaign at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. A penalty from Frank Lampard, and a close-range Darren Bent finish inside 15 minutes saw England stroll to a 2-0 win, but they will be hoping they can show no mercy in this one.
In seven World Cup and Euro qualification games, England have won six and drawn one, and are yet to lose.
The Welsh did inflict a 1-0 defeat on England at the home of football back in 1977 in a Home Nations clash, but in competitive action, they are yet to win.
England are the huge odds on favourites to win this game, at odds of 1/7. Wales are the distant outsiders at 22/1, with the draw available at 13/2.
Wayne Rooney followed up his Manchester United hat-trick with a brace in the Bulgaria game, and once again should be chomping at the bit.
Ashley Young is expected to be handed another start in this game and he can be backed at 5/1.
Norwich’s Steve Morison put in an impressive display against Montenegro on Friday, which he capped with a goal. And bookmakers have him as one of the Welsh favourites to score first at 16/1.
A repeat of the 2-0 England score line when these sides met at the Millennium Stadium is priced at 9/2, while the 1-1 they served up back in the 70’s is 14-1.