Hampden Park is set once again to stage a battle between the Auld Enemies (Saturday 10 June, 5.00), and it’s an important Group F World Cup Qualifier in which defeat for Scotland would surely end any chance they have of making it to the finals in Russia in 2018.
Match Betting: Scotland 9/2, Draw 51/20, England 20/29
Group F Standings
Scotland are currently languishing in fourth place in Group F, behind England, Slovakia and Slovenia, having won just 2 of their 5 games so far. They can take some motivation from the fact they beat Malta 5-1 away from home, when England could only beat Malta 2-0 at home, whilst they also beat Slovenia when England could only manage a goalless draw against the third placed team. However, Scotland have also looked vulnerable at times, and they dropped two valuable points in a home draw against Lithuania, whilst 3-0 away defeats at the hands of both England and Slovakia suggests there is a bit of a gulf in class between themselves and the two top teams.
Perhaps more worrying for Scotland is that they’ve failed to keep a clean-sheet so far in the competition, whilst England have yet to concede a goal in any of their 5 matches.
Scotland’s chances don’t look any brighter when you also take into consideration the recent head-to-head between the two teams.
Prior to England’s 3-0 win at Wembley in this year’s Worlds Cup Qualifier, England had also won the two other games played this decade, a 3-1 friendly win in Scotland in 2014, and a 3-2 friendly win in England in 2013. England also won a European Championship Qualifier 2-0 in 2000, and won by the same score in their memorable 1996 European Championship match, remembered for that wonderful goal by Paul Gascoigne.
Considering everything, including that England have no injury worries apart from the already confirmed absence of Liverpool’s Nathaniel Clyne, they really should have too much firepower for Scotland, despite the Scots enjoying home advantage. However, whilst the big-hitters are sure to go in heavily at odds-on, England’s ability to keep clean-sheets so far in their qualifying campaign suggests that backing England to win to nil at 6/4 is probably the best value on offer. Those looking for a bigger price, could do worse than back England to win 2-0 and 3-0, as 3 of the last 5 head-to-heads have ended up that way, as have 3 of England’s 5 qualifiers so far.
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