The battle of Britain is on again in EURO after their last encounter in 1996 edition. England and Scotland have been rivals since the beginning of modern football. The Three Lions is certainly the favorite as always but Scotland is always more motivated when taking on their ‘oppressor’ in the south. The Scots are hoping that Steve Clarke’s side would be able to revive their last win against England in Wembley in EURO 2000 play off when John Collins and Co thumped Kevin Keegan’s men by 1-0.
The teams’ previous matches
England had to struggle to pick up their first three point at home while facing off their old spectre, Croatia. They eventually managed to secure 1-0 win. Raheem Sterling scored the only goal of the game. A necessary result before meeting Andrew Robertson and Co.
Their counterpart, The Tartan Army, on the other hand, slumped to a 0-2 defeat by Czech Republic. Bayer Leverkusen man, Patrick Schick bagged a brace to help his team seal an important win in their EURO campaign as well as the chance to progress. Scotland’s lack of clinical finish at the penalty box cost their hope to advance here as they had at least three decent chances.
Gareth Southgate might still be in favour of 4-2-3-1 with Harry Kane leading the attack supported by Raheem Sterling, Mason Mount and Phil Foden again. Alternatively, Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho could come off the bench at the second half to break the deadlock. The only name on the sideline is Dean Henderson.
Meanwhile, Steve Clarke needs to consider opting for 3-4-2-1 instead of 3-5-2. Che Adams might still be featuring the frontman upfront but Lyndon Dykes is likely to be dropped. Stuart Amstrong and Ryan Fraser or Billy Gilmour could be considered to operate behind the targetman while in the midfield, John McGinn and Scott McTominay remain the key men from the second line. Unfortunately, Kieran Tierney is still ruled out here.
Players to watch
Before the tournament, Harry Kane might be expected to be the main scorer for Southgate’s men, just like in World Cup 2018. However, the Spurs man could turn to provider now, especially considering his form this season with 14 assists plus 23 goals. Some other key men to watch are Raheem Sterling, Kalvin Phillips and Tyron Mings plus the versatile Mason Mount.
In Scotland, Aston Villa man John McGinn is still on of the vital figures in the midfield. He registered three goals and five assists this season. Another essential name in the squad is the skipper Andrew Robertson.
England vs Scotland Prediction
The Three Lions is still the favorite here. Their squad has sufficient talent to do more than just progressing to the semifinal or final. They will still be struggling to snatch three points and England eventually managed to clinch it as long as Scotland does not improve their form.