Scotland v England Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
June 06, 2017
Saturday 10 June – Hampden Park – World Cup Qualifier
Gareth Southgate takes his England team to Hampden Park on Saturday, as the Three Lions look to maintain their unbeaten qualifying record against Scotland. A win for the hosts meanwhile would transform their campaign to reach the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
This is the oldest international fixture in football, so there’s plenty of history between the two countries. England have undoubtedly had the better of things recently. Scotland’s only win in the last ten meetings came in the second leg of a Euro 2000 play-off. The Three Lions ran out 3-0 winners when the sides met at Wembley last November.
Steven Fletcher was one of the five players removed from the original Scotland squad. The striker picked up an injury in Sheffield Wednesday’s Championship play-off semi-final defeat. Celtic defender Kieran Tierney will wear a gum shield after breaking his jaw against Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup final.
There’s no Wayne Rooney for the visitors, who’s been left out of Southgate’s squad altogether. The England team has an inexperienced feel to it these days, but is packed with potential. With Harry Kane leading the line, backed up by Tottenham teammate Dele Alli, they have two of the Premier League’s star performers in their ranks.
Scotland v England Preview and Predictions
It’s usually a feisty affair when Scotland and England face off. With so much at stake, this game promises to be no different. The hosts are desperate for the win, so the betting could be on a lively game with plenty of bookings. A red card wouldn’t be the biggest surprise either.
Eight of the best runners-up from European qualifying go through to the play-off round for a place at the World Cup. A victory for Scotland against the strongest team in Group F would be a massive boost for their campaign. Following up their win over Slovenia with another three points wouldn’t be too bad for confidence either.
Gordon Strachan’s side were somewhat unlucky to lose to three headed goals against England in November. The manager will be looking for improvements at the back this time round. If you think Scotland can successfully address the problems from the last game, you can get a price of 9/2 on the home win.
With a four-point lead in Group F already, a win for England would virtually see them home and dry. The Three Lions have relatively straightforward fixtures to come. Facing Slovakia and Slovenia at Wembley, this is their last away game against a team in the top four positions. The visitors start as 8/11 favourites, while the draw’s available at 5/2.
England to win 3-1 at 17/1
England have put three goals past Scotland in each of the last three meetings. This is a decent price for Southgate’s side to repeat the scoreline they won by the last time they played in Scotland.
Scotland to win and both teams to score at 13/1
England have the Premier League’s top scorer in their ranks, so Scotland are likely to need at least a couple of goals to win in front of the Tartan Army.