England favourites to wreck the Tartan Army’s dream

England and Scotland meet at Wembley Stadium on Friday night for what is sure to be one of the most tense evenings of football so far at Euro 2020. This will be the first meeting between the nations since a 2-2 draw at Hampden Park in 2017, and the first at Wembley since a 3-0 victory for the Three Lions in 2016. It is also only the second time the sides have met at a major tournament, the first resulting in a 2-0 win for England at Euro 96, which adds further spice to an already fascinating game between two bitter rivals.

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England off to a winning start

England got their Euro 2020 campaign off to a winning start with a brilliant 1-0 victory over Croatia. In a game between the two sides expected to qualify from Group D, a single goal from Raheem Sterling around the hour mark was enough to give the Three Lions a first ever opening match win at the Euros.

Gareth Southgate knows victory for his men against the Scots will confirm their progress to the knockout stages and they go into the game on Friday night as 3/10 favourites with Unibet.

Scotland lose their opener

After a 23-year wait to be back playing at a major tournament, Scotland couldn’t produce a winning performance. They were beaten 2-0 by the Czech Republic in their opening game of Euro 2020 at Hampden Park.

Two goals from Patrik Schick, including a stunning second strike from the halfway line, silenced the Tartan Army and means they must get something from their game with England on Friday to keep their hopes of qualifying from the group stages alive. Unibet have them priced at 19/2 to beat England, while the draw is 4/1.

Players to watch

Gareth Southgate might choose to shuffle his pack for the game against Scotland after a hard-fought win over Croatia in the blistering London heat on Sunday. The likes of Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish could make the starting line-up. There is even talk that Harry Kane might be rested too.

Rashford is 24/5 to be the first goal scorer on Friday, while you can get odds of 39/20 for Sterling to double his goal tally for the tournament against Scotland. Phil Foden, who hit the post on Sunday, is 47/20 to score any time, with Mason Mount priced at 13/5.

Scotland will count themselves unlucky not to have scored against the Czechs, but they will now face an English defence which has kept three clean sheets in a row. However, Che Adams did look at threat when he came on against the Czech side and he is priced at 23/4 to score against England. James Forrest also carries a goal threat and looks an interesting 7/1 price to get on the score sheet at Wembley.

Previous meetings

This is only the second time these nations will have met at a major tournament. The first time was also at Wembley at Euro 96 when goals from Alan Shearer and a wonder strike by Paul Gascoigne gave England a 2-0 win. These nations represent the oldest rivalry in international football, but it is England who have dominated the fixture in recent years.

You need to go back to 1999 for Scotland’s last victory against the Auld Enemy when they won 1-0 in a Euro qualifying game at Wembley Stadium. Since then, England have won the last two games between the sides in London, beating them 3-2 in a 2013 friendly and 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier in 2016.

• Scotland 2-2 England ​Hampden 2017
• England 3-0 Scotland​Wembley 2016
• Scotland 1-3 England​Celtic Park 2014
• England 3-2 Scotland​Wembley 2013
• England 0-1 Scotland​Wembley 1999
• Scotland 0-2 England​Hampden 1999
• England 2-0 Scotland ​Wembley 1996

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