The oldest fixture in international football takes place on Friday night, with England taking on Scotland in their second matches of the delayed Euro 2020 tournament.
- England vs Scotland is Match Day 2 of Group D in the UEFA European Championships.
- Gareth Southgate’s England won their opening match and are most sportsbooks favorites to win the group.
- Scotland lost their opener on Monday, and face an uphill battle to qualify for the Round of 16.
Already after just one match each, things are looking bleak for Steve Clarke’s Scotland side. Beaten 2-0 by the Czech Republic on Monday, Scotland is now faced with the daunting task of getting something out of their match with England at Wembley this Friday evening.
The Scots sit bottom of Group D on goal difference, and losing their opener was a crushing blow in their first match at a major final since 1998.
For England, thanks to their 1-0 win over Croatia the previous day, Gareth Southgate’s team can go into Match Day 2 with far less pressure on their shoulders. England knows they only really need one win from their last two matches to progress to the Round of 16.
Raheem Sterling was England’s match-winner against Croatia. The Manchester City striker scored the only goal of the game in the 57th minute.
- England vs Scotland
- Date – Friday 18th June 2021
- Kick-Off – 8 pm BST
- Venue – Wembley Stadium, London
- Competition – UEFA Euro 2020 (delayed 12 months)
England vs Scotland Betting
Gareth Southgate’s England team go into this match as huge favorites.
They can be backed at -278 with Bovada. The draw is the next favorite in the betting at +390, with Scotland a huge looking +800.
In goals betting, the bookmakers have it pretty even. Over 2.5 goals is -115, while under 2.5 goals is -114.
The Current Situation
England have 3 points and sit 2nd in Group D on goal difference. Scotland don’t have any points and are bottom of the group on goal difference.
Despite Euro 2020 being staged all across Europe, both England and Scotland played their opening matches at their respective home venues. The clash between the two on Friday is at the legendary Wembley Stadium, England’s home ground.
There are six groups of four teams at Euro 2020. The top two from all six groups qualify for the Round of 16. Also qualifying for the Round of 16 will be the four best 3rd placed teams from the six groups.
A win for England on Friday should see them qualify for the Round of 16 with a game to spare. While for Scotland, they need a win to get themselves back in with a chance of qualifying from the group.
Should Scotland lose, they would need to beat Croatia in their final group match, and hope 3 points will be enough to claim one of the four best 3rd place finishes.
Prior to the start of Euro 2020, both these sides played experimental friendlies. The players selected to play bore little resemblance to the players picked in the competition so far.
England won both of their warm-up friendlies against Romania and Austria by the same 1-0 scoreline.
Scotland impressively held the Netherlands to a 2-2 draw in the first of their two friendlies. They then followed that up with a 1-0 win over Luxembourg.
At Euro 2020, both sides have played one match each. England won 1-0 against Croatia on Sunday 13th June, while Scotland lost 2-0 to the Czech Republic on Monday 14th June.
England vs Croatia
Despite never really looking in any trouble against the Croats, the stats for England vs Croatia tell a different story.
England had 49% possession to Croatia’s 51%. In attempts on goal, England had 8 with 2 on target, and Croatia had exactly the same.
Despite this, anybody who watched the match would probably say England were comfortably the better side.
Scotland vs Czech Republic
The same can’t be said of Scotland and the Czech Republic. The Scots dominated some of the match stats, but not the most crucial ones.
Steve Clarke’s side had 58% possession to Czech Republic’s 42%. Scotland had 19 attempts on goal to the Czech’s 10, but when it comes to attempts on target, you can see why Scotland lost 2-0.
The Czech Republic hit the target seven times, compared to Scotland’s four on target.
If truth be told, Scotland could still be trying to score now if the match was still in progress. No matter what the Scottish team threw at Jaroslav Silhavy’s side, they simply couldn’t make the breakthrough.
Here's how Group D looks after Scotland's defeat to Czech Republic.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) June 14, 2021
England vs Scotland Team News
For England, it’s unlikely Jorden Henderson or Harry Maguire will be risked, although Maguire is now training with the squad.
Expect Gareth Southgate to change his team though, with maybe Jack Grealish and Luke Shaw coming in for this match.
For Scotland, they may have to throw caution to the wind and bring in an extra attacking player such as Che Adams.
One of Scotland’s most influential players, Kieran Tierney missed the 2-0 defeat to the Czech Republic, and he remains a doubt for the England clash.
England vs Scotland Prediction
Try as I might, I can’t really make any case for Scotland beating England on Friday night. In my view, the very best Steve Clarke’s men could get is a draw, and I think they would gladly take that.
I can only really see England running out comfortable winners though. I’m expecting something in the region of 3-0 to the home side.
If you think that -278 is too short a price to take on an England win, my betting tip would be to back over 2.5 goals at -115 for a bit of extra value.