After winning their Euro 2020 opener against Croatia, England host Scotland on Friday in an attempt to book their place in the knock-out rounds. After losing to the Czech Republic in their first game, the Scots need to get a result against their neighbors, but their last victory at Wembley was back in 1999 so chances seem slim.
Where and when: Wembley Stadium – 18 June, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see England vs. Scotland: ITV
Last time: The last encounter between those two countries saw Scotland put an end to a run of three consecutive defeats against England. The game took place back in 2017 and ended in a 2-2 draw with Harry Kane scoring a last-gasp equalizer for the Three Lions at the Hampden Arena in Glasgow.
England v Scotland Predictions and Preview
Football’s oldest international fixture will take place for a 115th time at Euro 2020 when England host Scotland on Friday. A victory would mean qualification for the knock-out stage for the Three Lions, while the Scotts must win at all costs if they want to keep their chance of progressing from Group D.
Gareth Southgate’s men will be brimming with confidence after defeating their nemesis from the 2018 World Cup Croatia. While the Three Lions weren’t spectacular, they put in a matured and disciplined performance that saw them earn a narrow 1-0 victory.
However, while the Croatia fixture seemed the hardest one on paper, England cannot afford to underestimate Scotland and the Czech Republic.
Raheem Sterling fired England to victory against the Croats after getting on the end of a neat Kalvin Philips through ball, but Harry Kane failed to score his first goal at European finals. The Tottenham Hotspur striker will be aiming to do that against Scotland, as he scored the last goal for his country against the Tartan army.
Regardless if Kane delivers or not, England remain firm favorites as they haven’t lost to Scotland since the turn of the century and enter the clash in a tremendous form. Seven consecutive victories and five clean sheets are an impressive feat, while the fact that the game will be played at Wembley doesn’t make Scotland’s task any easier.
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England to win and Over 2 goals
England to win 3-0
Kane to score first
Prior Euro 2020, Scotland’s last game at a major tournament was again England at Euro 1996, with the Three Lions earning a 2-0 victory thanks to infamous goals by Alan Shearer and Paul Gascoigne. Scotland failed to go past their group back then, so Steve Clark will hope go one step further at the Euro finals more than 24 years later.
The Tartan army are coming off a disappointing 2-0 defeat against the Czech Republic in on Monday, which was extremely painful as the game took place in Glasgow.
Nevertheless, Scotland will try to hurt England’s ego by repeating their 1-0 success at Wembley from 1999. However, this seems unlikely as Scotland were trashed by 3-0 the last time they visited the venue in 2016 and only qualified for this year’s finals thanks to two consecutive penalty shoot-outs against Israel and Serbia in the play-offs.
The Tartan army entered Euro 2020 on a five-game unbeaten streak and earned a 2-2 draw in their last game against England. However, the 2-0 defeat against the Czech Republic was a huge blow, so spirits will be low.
Southampton’s Che Adams is pushing for a start after making a second-half appearance against the Czechs, while Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson will be the main creative force once again. Things aren’t looking good in midfield as Scott McTominay, John McGin and Stuard Armstrong were completely outplayed on Monday.
Considering all of the above, it’s really hard to look beyond an English victory on Friday. You can back the Three Lions at 1/3, while if you think Scotland can snatch a draw you can place a bet at 19/5. An unlikely win for the Tartan army can be backed up at 8/1, but you might want to think twice before betting on that.
One to watch for England: Although he didn’t score against Croatia, Harry Kane had opened the score for England twice in 2021. The Tottenham forward will be eager to open his Euro 2020 account and you can back him up to break the deadlock against Scotland at 29/10.
One to watch for Scotland: If Scotland are about to stand a chance against England, Andy Robertson needs to be on his absolute best. The Scottish captain was arguably the only bright spot against the Czech Republic, so his experience and ability to bring the ball forward will be once again needed on Friday.
Long shot: Scotland were trashed by 3-0 in their last Wembley visit and considering their poor display against the Czech Republic, a repeat of that scenario seems possible. England scored three goals in two consecutive home games against the Scotts, if you are looking for big odds you can bet on a 3-0 victory for the hosts at 7/1.