England vs Scotland: obvious result?
England, in case of a victory over Scotland on June 18, will get a ticket to the playoffs. But will the Scots surrender without a fight? Find the answer in our prediction below.
England is having a great year - Gareth Southgate's squad is successful on all fronts. After a failure in the League of Nations, where England lost the competition to Belgium and Denmark, the Three Lions were more than confident in their start of qualification for the World Cup. They are in the group with Hungary, Albania. Poland, Andorra, and San Marino.
They confirmed the status of favourites very quickly - after easy victories over San Marino (5:0) and Albania (2:0), England left no chances for Poland. One of the main competitors for the first line in the group was defeated at Wembley with a score of 1:2. That allowed England to become the sole leader of the group.
In the first round of Euro 2020, England again faced the main competitor for the first line in the group - this time it was Croatia. However, the Croatian national team did not retain this status for long - on the 57th minute of the game, Raheem Sterling scored the winning goal.
In general, the game turned out to be rather boring, slow and didn't have a lot of chances, but England gained three important points.
The Scottish national team cannot be considered a favorite in their current form. In the qualification for the World Cup, Steve Clark's team ended up in the company of Denmark, Israel, Austria, the Faroe Islands, and Moldova. So far the Scots look decent and retain the chances of qualifying.
The qualification started with two draws with Austria (2:2) and Israel (1:1) - in each of these games, the Tartan Army was forced to make comebacks. However, in the third round, Scotland left no chances for the Faroe Islands - a crushing 4:0 victory allowed the Scots to climb to the second line in the group.
In the first round of Euro 2020, the Scottish national team met with the Czech Republic at home - the Czechs are the main competitor for the third line. Despite the fact that the start of the fight was equal, the Czech Republic managed to find a moment and use it. In the second half of the game, the Tartan Army opened up and paid the price - Patrick Schick punished David Marshall for a howler.
The defeat of 0:2 leaves Scotland little chances even for the third line.
England scored two of the last 10 victories with this score.
England have scored in each half in three of the last four H2H games.
Penalties were given in two of England's last four games.
The English national team did not even play on maximum speed against Croatia: both the weather and the opponents' pace were against that. But the English easily scored three points on class, and today they will probably strive to consolidate that result and get an early ticket to the playoffs.
It shouldn't be difficult for England to beat Scotland - the teams are on absolutely different levels. England's advantage in class is colossal and it is unlikely that Scotland will be able to avoid defeat.
We believe that the favorite will not have any problems. Our prediction - Asian handicap (-1.5) to England.
We expect to see a very different performance from England - Scotland is a much weaker team, plus the three points England scored in the first round should liberate the team. The Scots have enough defensive problems, so it makes sense to count on a high score.
Our second bet is total over 2.5 goals.
For those who love risks, we suggest betting on England's victory by the margin of two goals.