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Michael Owen makes England vs Wales prediction

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Michael Owen is inclined to put his trust in England’s chances of claiming a victory over the United Kingdom rivals Wales.

England and Wales go head-to-head at Wembley Stadium for an international friendly fixture on Thursday night.

The Three Lions are big betting favorites, especially as they’ve won ten of 11 historical H2H meetings, including the last five.

Gareth Southgate has shown readiness to hand debuts to up-and-coming youngsters and is keen to continue that trend during this international break.

Among the players expected to make their senior breakthrough, there are Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Leicester’s Harvey Barnes, and Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka.

The Aston Villa standout performer Jack Grealish is, meanwhile, looking to make his first-ever England start.

Southgate won’t be able to count on the likes of Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell, and Jadon Sancho after the trio violated the coronavirus rules to go to a private party at the weekend.

Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson and Manchester United’s Harry Maguire have, however, returned to the fold for the upcoming set of international fixtures.

Michael Owen believes England will come out on top in London this evening.

“Both Home Nations go into this with pride at stake,” he said, as relayed by the Daily Mirror.

“England and Wales have big games at the weekend to look forward to, so it must be noted that their line-ups may change slightly here.

“Gareth Southgate could hand full debuts to a few England players, including the in-form Jack Grealish, and I think the Three Lions should have enough to come away victorious.”

Wales boss Ryan Giggs, on the other hand, won’t have Gareth Bale at his disposal. The new Tottenham star is still trying to recover from an injury.

Aaron Ramsey is also ruled out after testing positive for COVID-19 during the latest checks at Juventus.