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England v Australia: Odds, predictions, team news and stats

England get the October international break up and running with a friendly against out-of-form Australia ahead of the resumption of their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign next week.

England v Australia Odds

England - 1/5
Draw – 11/2
Australia – 11/1

England v Australia Information

Where is England v Australia? Wembley Stadium, London
When is England v Australia? Kick-off is at 19:45 GMT on Friday 13th October
Where can I watch England v Australia? Channel 4

England v Australia Predictions

Both teams to score - 5/4

England will be looking to use this friendly as a testing ground ahead of a crucial Euro 2024 qualifier against Italy next week and that should give Australia the chance to trouble what could be an inexperienced back line at Wembley.

Gareth Southgate has already hinted at some rotation for this tie, meaning uncapped pair Levi Colwill and Eddie Nketiah are likely to be involved at some point, while the recalled Ollie Watkins and Jarrod Bowen are likely to get some time on the pitch. 

The inexperienced defensive trio of Marc Guehi, Fikayo Tomori and Lewis Dunk are also included and could face a Socceroos attack that have scored in nine of their last 10 matches.

These 10 assignments include two goals away to Mexico in September, along with a solid World Cup campaign which saw them score against Tunisia, Denmark and both eventual finalists in Qatar - France and Argentina.

Southgate's side have conceded in each of their last two games and, with both teams scoring in three of the last four meetings between these old sporting rivals, expect goals at both ends at Wembley.

Australia +2 handicap - 5/4

Australia are 11/1 underdogs to take the win at Wembley but, while they may be beaten eventually, they should at least keep the scoreline respectable on Friday.

Graham Arnold's side have only won one of their four games since the World Cup and have lost meetings with Ecuador and Argentina, but they have rarely been completely outclassed in recent times.

Their only defeats by more than a single-goal margin in the past 18 months have come against World Cup finalists Argentina and France, picking up positive results against Tunisia, Denmark and Ecuador among others in this sequence.

They have beaten a +2 handicap in 12 of their last 14 games and only lost by one goal in their last trip to Wembley in 2016. The only two-goal margin of victory in the seven meetings between these nations came in 2003, when Australia won 3-1 at the Boleyn Ground.

With Southgate hinting at fielding an experimental - and potentially weakened - line-up on Friday and the Three Lions conceding in their last two games, the visitors should be able to keep this one competitive.

England Team News

Bukayo Saka has withdrawn from the squad with a hamstring injury, while Raheem Sterling, Nick Pope and James Ward-Prowse were all omitted by Gareth Southgate.

Excellent starts to the season from Bowen and Watkins earned them a recall to the England setup, while Colwill and Nketiah will both be hoping for an international debut.

Australia Team News

Middlesbrough midfielder Riley McGree misses out through injury, with experienced forwards Mathew Leckie and Jamie Maclaren both out, too. 

Goalkeeper Tom Glover and defenders Lewis Miller and Alessandro Circati will be hoping to make their debuts for the Socceroos, while midfielder Jackson Irvine has recovered from an ankle injury to make the squad.

England v Australia Stats

Australia have scored in nine of their last 10 matches.

Australia have beaten a +2 handicap in 12 of their last 14 matches.

England have never beaten Australia by more than a single goal.

Head-to-Head

England wins4
Draws2
Australia wins1

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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