January 4, 2022 | News | No Comments
class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>While Clarke's men looked blunt in attack in their opener, Al Hain-Cole expects the Three Lions' extra quality to prove decisive in a comfortable win
England and Scotland will reignite their old rivalry when they meet at Wembley Stadium in Friday’s Euro 2020 clash.
The Three Lions are in a strong position after beating Croatia 1-0 in their opening Group D game, with Raheem Sterling bagging the only goal in a rematch of the 2018 World Cup semi-final.
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Having recorded a memorable group stage victory over this opposition at Euro 96, they are 3/10 (1.30) favourites with bet365 to secure their place in the knockout stages with another win against their neighbours.
Steve Clarke’s men are bottom of the group after losing out 2-0 to the Czech Republic but can be backed at 9/1 (10.00) to pick themselves up with a famous win in London.
The sides shared a 2-2 draw when they last met back in 2017, and there are odds of 9/2 (5.50) available on them cancelling each other out once again.
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England vs Scotland Team News
Dean Henderson has withdrawn from the squad as he struggles with a hip problem, while Harry Maguire will face a late fitness test as he recovers from an ankle ligament injury.
Kieran Tierney will be hoping to start after missing the opener against the Czech Republic due to a long-standing calf injury, with Che Adams also pushing for a place in the line-up following his positive impact from the bench at Hampden Park.
England vs Scotland preview
Although the 2-0 scoreline may suggest a comfortable victory for the Czechs, the Tartan Army were actually fairly dominant in that match – having the majority of the possession and creating the majority of the chances.
However, while their opponents were able to call upon a high calibre match-winner in Patrik Schick, Clarke’s men were left frustrated by an inability to turn chances into goals.
It is likely to be a similar story against Gareth Southgate’s team, which has conceded just five goals in the last 17 matches and kept six clean sheets in the most recent seven coming into this clash.
England vs Scotland predictions
With this in mind, odds of 10/11 (1.91) seem like decent value on England winning to nil for their seventh match in eight outings when they take on a Scotland side struggling for cutting edge.
All odds correct at tie of writing. Please gamble responsibly.