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Here we go then, the big one. England play Scotland for the first time at a major tournament since Euro 96 and we all remember what happened back then don’t we? With it being such a big game I thought I would throw together a big odds bet builder with plenty of fireworks and entertainment expected at Wembley tomorrow night! England opened up their Euros campaign with a relatively convincing 1-0 win over Croatia.
The Scots didn’t have such luck and were disappointingly beaten 2-0 by the Czech Republic at Hampden with Patrik Schick stealing the show. The Scots will unquestionably be fired up to take on their rivals on Friday evening, but it remains to be seen whether they have enough quality across the park to upset an England side who have won each of their last 7 matches going in to tonight. I strongly fancy England to do the business here, we are the far superior side and have a massive home advantage with the game being played at Wembley. All 26 players trained today for the Three Lions so they should be at full strength tomorrow and there is a chance Man United skipper Harry Maguire could come in from the star replacing Mings. As for the Scots, well major question marks surround the fitness of Kieran Tierney; the Arsenal fullback missed the defeat against the Czech Republic through injury and is classed as 50/50 for the game tomorrow.
England XI: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Mings, Shaw; Phillips, Rice, Mount; Sterling, Kane, Foden
Scotland XI: Marshall; Hendry, Hanley, Tierney; O’Donnell, McTominay, Armstrong, McGinn, Robertson; Dykes, Adams
Shots & shots on target predictions
Harry Kane wasn’t quite at his best against the Croats but I expect the England captain to return to his best tomorrow evening as he leads from the front. The Spurs striker who once again won the Premier League golden boot last season is sure to find his shooting boots soon and I expect the Scotland game to be the perfect platform. He has a very impressive scoring record at international with 34 goals in 55 caps and of course will be on penalties and potentially even freekicks which further increases his chances of shots on target. He was top scorer for England in qualifying for this campaign with 12 goals to his name and has averaged an impressive 2.41 shots on target for England in recent internationals. He looks a prime candidate to get at least a couple on target for the three lions tomorrow evening.
Another player who I expect to shine is the man of the moment Phil Foden. He was bright for England against Croatia, particularly in the first half where he rattled the post with a brilliant effort from 20 yards. Nothing seems to phase the kid and with his hair dyed bleach blonde he is further supporting the Euro 96 Gazza vibes. He will continuously cut in from the right and whip shots in with his wonderful left foot. He looks great value for a couple of pop shots at goal tonight.
As for the Scots I will be looking to midfield marvel John McGinn to get a couple of shots off. He impressed me against the Czechs despite the defeat and seems to be the driving force in midfield from an attacking sense. He is let of the leash by Steve Clarke in a more advanced role with Clarke declaring his role in this Scottish team at times as a ‘support striker’. McGinn has repaid Clarke’s faith with goals, reaching double figures before Scotland’s Euros squad was confirmed. The pick of them, an overhead kick to snatch a draw against Austria. He has averaged a very healthy 2.88 shots per 90 for the National team in recent matches and he looks good value to rattle a couple off for the Scots at Wembley tomorrow.
Now, given the magnitude of this game I would be very surprised if this wasn’t a war to be quite honest. Quite fancy a hatful of cards tonight and many players have caught my eye, no more so than Norwich City defender Grant Hanley. Hanley is certainly up for the game and spoke about his motivation ahead of tomorrow night. “We’re playing England at Wembley in the Euros. So what more motivation do you need? It’s definitely a game we’re looking forward to,” said Hanley. No doubt Hanley is a decent defender but there is a reason he has struggled when playing in the Premier League during his spells with both Newcastle and Blackburn Rovers. He is far from the most agile and playing against the likes of Mount, Foden and Sterling I expect he could struggle. Hanley looks the best pick from to pick up a card tomorrow night.
No doubt the Scots will try and make this game as scrappy as they possibly can in a bid to try and frustrate England. It’ll be tough for the hosts but I expect the far superior quality they possess, particularly in forward areas should see them through and I predict they will register a relatively straightforward 2-0 win tomorrow night.