International friendlies: back an away double with Spain and Germany set to come out on top

After a round of World Cup Qualifying matches over the weekend, the final international break of 2016 comes to a close with a range of friendlies this evening.

Two of the more eye-catching matches tonight come at Wembley, where England face Spain, and in Milan, where Italy take on Germany.

England faced Spain in a 2–0 friendly defeat last year

England v Spain

England have had a 2016 to forget, and will be happy to leave this year behind. Poor performance at the Euros saw Roy Hodgson sacked, with his successor Sam Allardyce lasting only one match before being shown the door after being caught up in corruption allegations.

Interim boss Gareth Southgate beat Scotland 3–0 on Friday and looks to have the full-time job sewn up, whatever happens against Spain tonight.

That might be just as well, as his Three Lions should find it tough against a Spanish side growing in confidence under new boss Julen Lopetegui.

This may not be a vintage Spain squad, but they beat Belgium well in Lopetegui’s first game in charge, and beat Macedonia 4–0 at the weekend.

Their record over England is good, and I think they’ll claim another victory tonight.

A 2–0 Spain win is 11.50 with Sportsbet.io, which I think is great value

Italy v Germany

These old foes met at in the Euro 2016 quarter-final, where Jogi Low’s Germany came out on top on penalties after a breathless clash.

While Low’s team were knocked out in the semi-final to France, they’ve won every match since, and the World Cup winners look in dangerous form. They beat San Marino 8–0 on Friday.

Italy overachieved under previous boss Antonio Conte, and appear to have reverted to form under new manager Giampiero Ventura. Having fallen to defeat to France, and held by Spain, this Italy side has none of the aura of previous generations.

Germany haven’t conceded a goal since this summer’s European Championships, and with Manuel Neuer at his best, I don’t think Italy will be able to find a way through.

Back Germany to win to nil at 3.85 with Sportsbet.io.

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