England vs Scotland Predictions: Betting tips, odds & match preview
Old rivals England and Scotland go head-to-head at Wembley in Euro 2020 Group D on Friday at 8pm (UK time).
England vs Scotland Predictions
Given this is the oldest fixture in international football, and a game between two of the world’s fiercest rivals, expect plenty of fireworks at Wembley. Scotland have never beaten England in a major tournament but, then again, this is their first appearance at the high level since the 1998 World Cup, so they know all about throwing the record books out of the window.
England had a straightforward route to Euro 2020, finishing top of their qualifying group with seven wins and one defeat in eight games, scoring 37 goals. They took that positive record into their Group D opener, beating Croatia 1-0 at Wembley thanks to Raheem Sterling’s goal. It was the first them they had opened a European Championship with a victory, so spirits are understandably high as they look to all-but secure their spot in the last-16.
Scotland, on the other hand, were made to work for their qualification and only sealed it in the most dramatic fashion. They finished third in their qualifying group behind Belgium and Russia, before advancing beyond both Israel and Serbia on penalties in play-off matches made possible thanks to their 2018/19 Uefa Nations League standings. Unfortunately, the start to their first major tournament in 23 years was not a good one, as Scotland were beaten 2-0 by Czech Republic thanks to a Patrik Schick brace, including a Goal of the Tournament contender. Defeat could seal Scotland’s group stage exit.
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England managed just 8 shots in their 1-0 win over Croatia, while Scotland had 19 attempts versus Czech Republic without finding the net.
Raheem Sterling, England’s goalscorer, took three of those eight shots, more than any other player in that game.
Kieran Trippier attempted 66 passes in that game, the highest of any England player, but Phil Foden’s 95.45% passing accuracy was the best on show.
Scotland completed 15 take-ons against the Czech Republic – more than any other team in the first round of fixtures.
They also attempted more crosses than any other team in their first round of fixtures with a total of 10.
Striker Lyndon Dykes attempted 19 passes in that match including 15 in the final third, but completed just seven.
The visitors could have some joy in the air as they won 32 of their 57 aerial duels versus Czech Republic, while England won 11 from 21 vs Croatia.
Grant Hanley could be key defensively for Scotland. He led in aerial duels won (7) and clearances completed (5) in their opening match.
England backline to contain mis-firing Scotland
The 1-0 win over Croatia on Sunday extended England’s good home run, a streak they will look to continue this week. The Three Lions are now unbeaten in their past seven major tournament group stage matches played on home soil, consisting of three 1966 World Cup matches and three from Euro 96. England have also conceded just one goal in their past seven matches across all competitions.
Back against the goals amid derby day nerves
England’s defence has been commendable of late, but their attack has left fans wanting more. After scoring 37 goals in qualifying (bettered only by Belgium who played two games more), England have struggled, netting seven in their past five. Three of those games were 1-0 victories, with only Albania and Poland conceding more than once against the Three Lions (both twice).
England vs Scotland Corner Stats
England’s game against Croatia was low on corners with each side winning just one. This came as neither goalkeeper was truly tested into making big saves, nor defenders into important blocks from crosses. Scotland’s opener against Czech Republic was completely different, with both sides taking six corners.
England vs Scotland Cards Stats
There were no cards in Scotland’s defeat to Czech Republic, but you can expect a game against England to have more. England saw Phil Foden booked in their game with Croatia, while three opposition players were cautioned, as the Three Lions forced the defence into fouls. The referee for this game is yet to be confirmed, but they will have their hands full, especially if foul-winner extraordinaire Jack Grealish plays.
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Scoreline prediction: England 2-0 Scotland
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10 June 2017: Scotland 2-2 England – World Cup Qualifying
11 November 2016: England 3-0 Scotland – World Cup Qualifying
18 November 2014: Scotland 1-3 England – International friendly
14 August 2013: England 3-2 Scotland – International friendly
17 November 1999: England 0-1 Scotland – European Championship Qualifying
Scotland came within minutes of securing their first win over England since 1999 in June 2017, but were pegged back to a 2-2 draw thanks to a last-minute Harry Kane equaliser. As mentioned, the Scots have never beaten the Three Lions at a major tournament, while they’ve won just one of their 11 meetings since April 1986.