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England vs Scotland, UEFA Euro 2020, Today Match Prediction

Wembley, London, Wembley Stadium



Exciting England side looking to continue winning start to the tournament against rivals Scotland

  • England and Scotland are fierce rivals and fans always look forward to their contests
  • England won their opening group game against Croatia, 1-0
  • Scotland were defeated 2-0 by Czech Republic, but had some good chances

England to win 2-0

Tournament: UEFA Euro 2020 | Venue: Wembley, London, Wembley Stadium

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England are among the favourites to win the tournament this summer, although there was still an element of doubt surrounding them heading into their opening fixture with Croatia a few days ago.

For one, they were knocked out of the World Cup three years ago by Croatia at the Semi Final stage, and secondly England had never won their opening game at a Euros.

On the whole, England were good and took three points from well-deserved victory against a slightly toothless opponent. Against the bitter rivals Scotland, they’ll be looking to continue that form here.

Scotland suffered a 2-0 defeat to their opening fixture, their first at a major tournament since 1998. Although they had several good chances of their own, the much more clinical Czech Republic scored twice to send Scotland to the bottom of Group D.

Can they recover here? A defeat would make it extremely difficult to qualify.

England Preview

World Ranking: 4

Best Historical Finish at the Euros: Semi Finals, 1996

Predicted Finish This Year: Semi Finals 

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Showed a measure of control in their game against Croatia 

     Won their last seven games in all competitions

Reasons to be fearful:

     Scotland will be desperate to cause England a shock

     Still some selection issues to solve

The main talking point in the immediate run-up to the game against Croatia was England’s line up, with many surprised that Gareth Southgate opted for Kieran Trippier at left-back ahead of either Luke Shaw or Ben Chilwell.

While Trippier played well, it’s expected that the full-backs are rotated here, especially with Kyle Walker underwhelming at right-back too.

There’s also the question around Manchester United’s Harry Maguire, who has been declared fit to play once again. Does he slot back in here? At the top end of the pitch, it’s likely that the three of Kane, Foden and Sterling will keep their place.

England will do well not to underestimate the Scots as a rivalry can bring out the best in the team many consider to be underdogs.

Star Man – Raheem Sterling

Looked absolutely deadly against Croatia and took his goal well. Has justified his starting position ahead of the likes of Rashford and Grealish for the moment.

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World Ranking: 44

Best Historical Finish at the Euros: Group Stage, 1992/1996

Predicted Finish This Year: Group Stage

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Create enough chances to have taken something from Czech Republic

     Will be fired up against close rivals

Reasons to be fearful:

     No wins against England in last four meetings

     Defeat would almost certainly spell disaster

Scotland, or the ‘Auld Enemy’ as referred to by the English, have a longstanding history with England at major tournaments. Going back 25 years, they were beaten at the group stage by England. Going back even further, this is the oldest international rivalry in the world, dating back to their first meeting in 1872. 

Right now, Scotland will be frustrated at the chances they missed against Czech Republic and will feel confident of scoring if they do the same again this time around.

There is a chance that Kieran Tierney is fit enough to play against England, which would be a big boost to both their formation and their tactics. He is brilliant at getting forward, alongside Andy Robertson, and providing crosses from the left.

Star Man – Che Adams

Must surely start here having come on from the bench against Czech Republic. Scotland need a win.

     Should be an intense game at Wembley

     England to shade possession

     Wide areas will be key for both teams

This could be one of the more fast-paced games we’ve seen so far, with England and Scotland unwilling to hold anything back here.

Wide areas will be key for both teams. Sterling is brilliant at coming in off the line and running in behind defences, while Scotland love to play with an overlapping full back, particularly on the left.

Scotland will feel they can get something here, but do they have enough quality across the pitch? England probably have too much.

England to win 2-0


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Author: Ross B.