England vs Scotland Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 Qualification
There’s usually something special about seeing Home Nations go up against each other. We have England v Scotland in the World Cup 2018 qualifiers coming our way on Friday night and the outcome of this one will have some big bearing on the group. England could stretch out a healthy lead at the top of the pile with three points, while Scotland would blow the group wide open with a victory, pulling level on points with the Three Lions. England are favourites for the game and this is a high-pressure occasion for interim England boss Gareth Southgate, on home soil against a side his men are expected to beat.
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England vs Scotland Odds
England 4/11, Draw 7/2, Scotland 8/1
England vs Scotland Promotion
Can England, who have been pretty lacklustre in World Cup 2018 qualification so far, pull up their socks and land a good home win over the Scots? England have gone W2 D1 so far in their qualification campaign, beating Slovakia and Malta out of the gates, but then they were stopped in their tracks in a 0-0 draw with Slovenia. None of the performances so far have been anything to write home about at all. The last two games, both under Gareth Southgate in his temporary role have been pretty flat. So with them having only faced Malta at home so far in the group, this will be England’s second home match in qualifying. The Three Lions haven’t looked good going forward, but they have not conceded in qualification yet. England to win to nil against Scotland will return to a nice price of even money on the game. Going forward their output has been hugely disputing with just the three in three games, which is half as many as Scotland have managed.
It’s not exactly likely that England will suddenly come out of their shell and put on a terrifically classy and bold showing of attacking intent. That’s not them and if you consider how unconvincing they have been so far, that is only going to breed more caution. So look for a cagey game and an England one goal winning margin is a 12/5 shot at Bet365 on the Home Nations clash. England haven’t been ahead in any of their last three home games against Scotland at Wembley at the half time break, so there is the consideration of a draw/England half time/full result in this one. Harry Kane, who made his return from injury on the weekend, will be assessed for this one but he is even money in the anytime goalscorer market. Daniel Sturridge and Marcus Rashford are 11/10 punts to strike but it will be interesting to see who Southgate puts his trust in in the starting eleven.
Scotland would be happy to dig in for a point at Wembley you feel. Because they are pretty heavy underdogs at 8/1 to take the win, there’s not much pressure riding on the shoulders of Gordon Strachan’s men. The last time that Scotland went to Wembley was just a couple of years ago in World Cup 2014 qualifying, and they gave a good account of themselves in a 3-2 loss. The Scots have only beaten the Three Lions once in their last nine internationals against their old enemy though and have conceded three goals exactly in their last two meetings with them. Both teams to score in this reunion will fetch a price of 4/7 and the Scots have been on the scoresheet in each of their last three against England. Back in 1999 Scotland recorded their last win over England at Wembley, a 1-0 win in the Euro 2000 qualifiers (England winning 2-1 on aggregate). Gareth Southgate was part of the England side which lost that one.
Scotland are still in the qualification picture here and point would be pretty precious for them as well. They have posted a W1 D1 L1 record in World Cup 2018 qualification so far after opening with a 5-1 win in Malta. But a hugely disappointing draw against Lithuania and a defeat against Slovakia has seen them stumble a bit. A win in this one would be huge. While Scotland have returned the highest amount of goals so far in the group (6) they have netted just the one in their last two games so under 2.5 goals on this Wembley clash with Bet365 will return a price of 4/5. Scotland have Chris Martin at 9/2 and Leigh Griffiths at 5/1 in the anytime goalscorer market for their trip to England. Can Gordon Strachan’s men hang in there for what would be a decent point away from home against the group favourites?
England vs Scotland Betting Tips
Scotland have won just two of their last six games played and aren’t a side who are full of goals. But they can be resilient and they will most likely sit with 11 players behind the ball here in the hope of frustrating England. England haven’t impressed at all in qualifying so far and that draw/England half time/full time options looks huge value. The Three Lions should just have the edge overall in terms of quality and strength from the bench if needed. England to win by a one goal margin looks good too.