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England vs Scotland Betting Tips: Euro 2020 – 18.06.2021
Last updated: June 15, 2021 by Leon Marshal
A host of Premier League players will be in the lineups for the two sides, making this feel like a domestic game. The Three Lions had a perfect start at the Euros, at their tenth attempt. Scotland couldn’t make a winning comeback after a twenty-three year hiatus in the competition. It is a match that promises to be a fierce encounter between two sides that know each other well.
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Even though all the early hype revolved around the England vs Croatia game, this England against Scotland game promises to be a far more competitive encounter. It will be a stern test for Scotland that will decide their destiny in the European competition against their greatest rivals. With so many Premier League players involved, this is likely to feel like a league game, an exciting prospect.
SCO 2 – 2 ENG
UEFA Euro 2020
England’s Euro 2020 campaign got off to a winning start through Raheem Sterling’s goal. The Three Lion’s won the opening game at the European competition for the first time in their tenth attempt (five draws, four defeats). It is a good sign and reason for optimism that they can go all the way. Gareth Southgate’s team are in great form, winning seven consecutive games in all competitions for the first time since they did so under Roy Hodgson.
A one-nil victory against bitter rivals Croatia at Wembley stadium in front of their home fans was a special performance. Sterling, who had a poor end to the season, rewarded Gareth Southgate’s trust for picking him in front of Jack Grealish with an animated display. The confidence of the Manchester City winger could play a big part in England hopes and boost the 26-year-old’s morale after being snubbed by Pep Guardiola as his side sprinted to a third Premier League title. Sterling has been involved in nineteen goals (thirteen goals and six assists) in the last seventeen games for the national side and was an important player in the Euro qualifiers, with eight goals and six assists in just seven matches.
Kalvin Philips gave a man of the match performance against Croatia, providing the assist for the goal and being exceptional in the middle of the park. The Leeds United midfielder branded the “Yorkshire Pirio” showed tremendous experience bringing calmness, creativity, and control of the game in his debut tournament for his nation.
Phil Foden also had an impressive match in his debut tournament for his nation, hitting the post early; the 21-year-old teammate of Sterling played 71 minutes and had a passing rate of 95.5%. His ability to control a game will be important if England qualify for the later stages and face better sides.
Jude Bellingham made the history books as the youngest player to feature in the European championship at 17 years 349 days and the youngest English player to do so in any major competition. A solid defensive display with goalkeeper Jordan Pickford barely tested by a (thankfully) disappointing Croatia side who looked like a shell of the team that beat England to reach the World Cup finals. Harry Kane had a quiet night but was a handful for the huge defenders and opened spaces for the players behind him.
A strategy in this tricky group stage is that Steve Clarke can get at least a point against Scotland’s Auld Enemy and then take maximum points against Croatia. The Tarten Army are well aware that even finishing third in the group could be enough to see them qualify from the group stages of a major tournament for the first time in their history. The 2-0 defeat against the Czech Republic will soon be forgotten if they manage to get something against their oldest and nearest rivals. Scotland should take some confidence in the defeat in their first game, matching the Czechs for long periods, and with better finishing, they could have taken something from the game.
They boast a very experienced side featuring Liverpool’s captain Andy Robertson, , Man United’s Scott McTominay, Aston Villa’s John McGinn, Southampton’s Stuart Armstrong, and Che Adams. They play top-level football in arguably the best league in the world, playing regular essential roles for their sides. They come into this tournament with their nations in their best form for over twenty-three years. Arguably their golden generation, despite their talent not being equally shared around the side.
Che Adams could have his chance to lead the lines; having managed nine goals and five assists in the Premier League, he is a hungry goal poacher who can carry the team forward. His devastating pace and acrobatic physical flexibility can allow him to feed on the quality delivery coming from the left wing from Robertson. The creative midfield position features an underrated McGinn, their star man who is the current top scorer with ten goals and should have been on the scoresheet against the Czech Republic.
Scott McTominay has been a consistent performer since breaking through for the Red Devils under Jose Mourinho and is likely to give the England midfield a run for its money. The Tartan Army is one of the most exciting sides to look out for and are likely to give England a much competitive test than Croatia as they are rich in energy with a youthful side.
England’s Dean Henderson has left the squad with a hip injury, he has been replaced with Aaron Ramsdale.
Gareth Southgate could bow to public pressure and replace Phil Foden with Jack Grealish, although the Aston Villa man trained separately from the group on Tuesday.
Scotland’s Kieran Tierney missed the 2-0 defeat to the Czech Republic; he was sorely missed but is still a doubt for this game.
Che Adams may start this game after being surprisingly dropped to the bench in Scotland’s first game.
Pickford, Walker, Stones, Mings, Chilwell, Rice, Bellingham, Mount, Foden, Kane, Sterling
Henderson, Johnstone, White, Godfrey, James, Shaw, Stones, Lingard, Watkins, Phillips, Calvert-Lewin, Saka, Coady, Trippier, Rashford
Marshall, Hendry, Cooper, O’Donnell, McTominay, Armstrong, Robertson, McGinn, Dykes, Christie
McGregor, Adams, Gordon, Taylor, Turnbull, Fraser, McLaughlin, Patterson, Gilmour, Forrest
Conclusion & Betting Tips
England started their Euro 2020 campaign well with a 1-0 win against Croatia, a team that is expected to qualify along with England from the group. It wasn’t a vintage performance, but the Three Lions were able to control the game well. They know how dangerous Scotland are likely to be, and it would be a surprise if it wasn’t a physical game and played at a higher tempo and punters who like betting on bookings could well have a field day. Southgate could decide to shuffle his pack, with Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho eager for minutes in the competition.
The bookmakers had Scotland roughly the same odds as the Czech Republic before their 2-0 defeat against them, and before the goal in the 42nd minute, the Scots were very much in the game. The Czech Republic have more experience in tournaments, and it showed over ninety minutes. It wasn’t all negative. Even in defeat, Andrew Robertson had a good game, and on another day, top scorer John McGinn might have converted one of his four chances which could have changed the game.
England fans will be nervous about this game, and for a good reason, Scotland would love nothing more than getting one over on their Auld Enemy and will fight for every ball. This game is likely to be scrappy, and a draw wouldn’t be a total surprise.
However, we are going for a 1-0 win for England, which is available @5/1. Although Harry Kane @ 5/2 to score is tempting, Sterling to double his tally and score the first goal @ 11/2 would be our choice.
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