England vs Scotland by Isaiah

England didn't manage to get a victory last time out, since the team comes from a goalless draw in Slovenia. They were having much more of the ball possession but couldn't create many chances, while the Slovenians looked to threat more via counter-attacks and actually had decent chances. English side didn't show much except ball control which was meaningless this time.

After this performance, the team remained at the first position with seven points out of three games and still without a goal conceded. That's two points more than Lithuania and Slovenia, meaning that the team remains in a must win situation here in order to seal the qualification as soon as possible, since maybe a bit stronger sides (than second and third at the table), Slovakia and Scotland under performed for now a bit and English side should use it properly.

England should be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Sturridge as central striker, plus Walcott, Rooney and Lallana as offensive midfielders. Right back Kyle Walker was forced off in Tottenham's draw against Arsenal last time out and remains doubtful for this game. In case he is not ready, his place should be given to Nathaniel Clyne. Daniel Drinkwater and Fraser Forster both remain sidelined with injuries. Jack Wilshere returns to the squad for the first time since Euro 2016. Wayne Rooney should return in the starting lineup with Dele Alli ruled out with a twisted knee.

Scotland suffered quite disappointing 3:0 defeat away from home against Slovakia last time out, exactly a month ago. It simply wasn't their day, since the team tried hard and had some chances, but still suffered heavy defeat and couldn't do many of positive things on the field. The game itself was close to a balanced one, but the Slovaks were so much more efficient and concrete with the ball to their feet.

Mak brought the home side into the lead in 18th minute, while the second goal from him, back in 56th minute completely ruined the chances for the Scottish team that conceded one more, in 68th minute via Nemec. It was second negative consecutive result in these qualifications, since the team previous took only a point in a home 1:1 game against Lithuania. Together with a victory away to Malta, the team stands only at fourth position, having a point less than second and third placed sides and simply needs points here, even though they know it will be hell of a job.

Scottish side should be playing in 4-3-3 formation with Ritchie, Fletcher and Snodgrass as forwards. Visiting team is under pressure and this could very well be the last match of their manager Gordon Strachan in case the team doesn't impress here.

England are undefeated so far in Group F and are two points clear at the top ahead of their game against Scotland. The team will be looking to get a victory here and to impress, since the coach Gareth Southgate sees it as a opportunity to get a full time job here. Scottish side should also be risking a bit more since they can't be satisfied with their start, so I'll be going with a bit of a surprise here, which would be English side to win, but also at least three goals to be scored.

Bet: England & Over 2.5 @ 2.20 with Bet365
Result: 3-0 (won)
 * Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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9 Comments

  1. WoodcuttingLVL99 says:

    You’d be better off betting on a 0:0 draw or England to win w/ 1 goal. Not worth betting on them to disappoint us yet again. Just like Man United.

  2. Sung says:

    England need a win at home. Slovenia will beat Malta end if England fail to win they will no longer be 1st (i think). 3 points for them, but I think it will be under… GL

  3. Tole says:

    England will let Scotland win, since the English know they can win against anyone in this very weak group

  4. Ivan says:

    England let Scotland win ? :)

  5. Tole says:

    I’m guessing so. England can steamroll anyone in this group which can’t be said for Scotland that needs points. And those two nations are like you and your little bro would be IRL where your little bro needs help :P

  6. Pana Fan says:

    England let Scotland win? Common people. No one is going to let anyone else beat them, let alone England at this phase that need a morale boost for thei new coach. Difference in quality just huge. So lets be realistic and not resort to wishful thinking….

  7. Pana Fan says:

    One more note guys. There are more games offering about same odds for home team as England. Namely, France, Denmark, Slovakia and Slovenia as visitor. Maybe, one or two o those favs will break. Why do we only focus on England? Is this what they want us to do??? All of those super favs play at the later bracket tonight. So, lets check the rest of them too for the hidden gem of the night.

  8. gary Hamilton says:

    @Tole Your comment about England letting Scotland win makes me laugh! You do realise that this game is the oldest International Rivalry in the world? I am from Scotland and I can 100% guarantee you that there is no way England would ever contemplate letting us win, there is a rivalry between the 2 nations hence the Independence referendum. This is the 1 game that England will want to win above all others. Saying England would let Scotland win is like saying South Korea would let North korea win because there neighbours!!!

  9. Tole says:

    It’s cool, people were laughing the same way when I told earlier today Armenia will draw with clueless Montenegro. I defenitly didn’t expect Armenia to win tho. I don’t know tho should I laugh to people that expected Montenegro win or feel sry for them.
    The fact the entire world will put their money on England is only another reason to play x2.

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