England vs. Scotland – European Championship, June 18, 2021

| June 16, 2021 6:44 am PDT

It’s safe to say that England and Scotland enjoyed contrasting fortunes in their opening Euro 2020 games. While the Three Lions secured a comfortable 1-0 win over Croatia, the Scots were beaten 2-0 by the Czech Republic.

The British rivals face off at Wembley on Friday, June 18, as the second round of group matches gets underway.

It feels like Steve Clarke’s men must avoid defeat to keep their chances of qualification alive. On the flip side, a home win on Friday would effectively see England book their spot in the last 16.

Keep reading to see my prediction and betting pick for England vs. Scotland.

Betting Odds for England vs. Scotland

England to Win1.30
The Draw5.25
Scotland to Win9.50

If you watched England cruise past Croatia on Sunday, you would understand why all the top online sports betting sites expect Gareth Southgate’s side to beat Scotland.

Sure, the Tartan Army are likely to rise to the occasion at Wembley. But even with odds of 9.50, it is difficult to make a case for the Scots winning this one.

Let’s take a closer look at the teams.

Can England Win Again?

As always, England’s European Championship preparations were overshadowed by talk about Southgate’s squad selection. However, the Three Lions delivered the ideal performance in their opening match.

After suffering a semi-final defeat to Croatia at the 2018 World Cup, Southgate’s men gained their revenge on Sunday.

Phil Foden, Harry Kane, and Mason Mount caused problems throughout the game, while Kalvin Phillips provided an eye-catching assist for Raheem Sterling. All in all, it was a top-class team display.

Having picked up a couple of 1-0 wins over Austria and Romania in the lead-up to the tournament, England has now claimed three straight victories without conceding a goal.

In fact, Southgate’s men head into Friday’s clash on a seven-match winning streak in all competitions.

Theoretically, Croatia is a tougher opponent than Scotland. If the Three Lions pick up where they left off against Croatia, they should dispatch Scotland.

Scotland Must Improve

Before Euro 2020 got underway, morale was high in the Scotland camp. Clarke’s men carried a five-game unbeaten run into the tournament and even managed to hold the Netherlands to a draw earlier in the month.

But following Monday’s loss to the Czechs, Scotland’s confidence would have been dented.

Despite enjoying 58% possession and recording 19 shots, the Scots managed just four attempts on target last time out.

Forwards like Lyndon Dykes, Ryan Christie, and Che Adams had plenty of opportunities to find the back of the net, but they failed to take their chances.

Patrick Schick punished the hosts on the stroke of half-time before doubling his tally with an outrageous strike from the halfway line.

If Clarke’s men continue to be wasteful in front of goal on Friday, they will almost certainly be heading out of the competition.

England vs. Scotland Prediction and Pick

  • England to Win

One thing is certain – Scotland will be pumped up for this match. The Scots love getting the better of their British rivals, so I expect Clarke’s side to bring plenty of energy to Wembley.

Still, the Three Lions boast more than enough quality to claim all three points – especially with the home crowd behind them. I can see Scotland giving Southgate’s men a run for their money on Friday, but England’s superiority should shine through. 

Ben Morris
Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

Ben is a diehard fan of Nottingham Forest and England, so he hasn’t had much to cheer about in recent years!

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