Scotland vs England by Isaiah
Scotland didn't start their qualifying campaign in the best possible way, as the national team already had setbacks at home against Lithuania, but also losing to Slovakia on the road. Now, with just seven points out of five matches, there's no doubt that they will need to seek for a victory here actually.
In the last official game played late in March, Scottish side managed to improve the chances and get back into the life for the second position thanks to a 1:0 narrow home victory against the Slovenians. Only goal was scored in 88th minute via Martin, but needs to be said that they completely deserved the three pointer as their guests were limited to a defensive role. The team now stands at fourth position with seven points, just two less than second placed Slovakia.
Experienced goalkeeper Allan McGregor (35/0, Hull City) won't be part of the team, same as defenders Grant Hanley (27/1, Newcastle), Lee Wallace (10/0, Rangers), midfielders Matt Ritchie (14/3, Newcastle), Shaun Maloney (47/7, Hull City) and forwards Steven Fletcher (30/9, Sheffield Wednesday) and Jordan Rhodes (14/3, Sheffield Wednesday). Left back Kieran Tierney is doubtful for this one, but could be used even on the right side on the field. They should stick to the team that won over Slovenia in March led by Griffiths in attack.
English side was drawn in quite a balanced group with few decent sides, but with them as surely the most quality one and everything but their easy qualification to Russia would represent huge surprise. So far they are doing well, with four victories and just one draw (away to Slovenia), they lead the table having four points more than second placed Slovakia.
In the most recent game played, England was better and took deserved victory in front of own fans against Lithuania 2:0 late in March. Defoe opened the scoreline in 22nd minute, while Vardy sealed the victory thanks to a goal in 66th minute. Actually, final result should have been with a bigger margin victory, as the English side completely outplayed the opponent and the Lithuanians were limited to an extra passive role.
In comparison to previous few call-ups, English side won't be counting at defenders Nathaniel Clyne (14/0, Liverpool), Phil Jagielka (40/3, Everton), Danny Rose (12/0, Tottenham), Glen Johnson (54/1, Stoke), midfielders Theo Walcott (47/8, Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (34/2, Bournemouth), forwards Jamie Vardy (16/6, Leicester), Daniel Sturridge (25/8, Liverpool) and Wayne Rooney (119/53, Manchester United). Visitors should be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Kane as central striker, plus Lallana, Alli and Sterling as offensive support most likely.
- England have scored at least 3 goals in their last 3 matches against Scotland.
I see this game as a very open one and I'm convinced that the value remains with goals here. Last three matches have ended with overs and knowing the rivalry between the teams, I'm quite sure that they both will be going after a victory here. Guests remain favorites and still do have enough of power in attack.