England – Scotland Prediction & Tip | EURO 2020 Betting Odds
Friday, June 18, 2021 at 9:00 PM, Wembley Stadium
On Friday evening there is a real treat on the European Championship schedule, because it is the oldest football duel at international level. In 1872 the two nations played against each other for the first time and have since played 114 international matches, with England taking 48 wins out of 25 draws and losing 41 times.
England impressed with strong pressing against Croatia
The Three Lions started with a 1-0 win against the most dangerous group opponent in this European Championship and left the Croatians hardly a chance in their opening game. Zlatko Dalic’s team only had an expected goal value of 0.3 over 90 minutes, which was primarily due to the Englishmen’s strong pressing. Over long phases of the game, especially in the first 30 minutes and at the beginning of the second half, the English national team showed extremely intense pressing and counter-pressing, against which the Croatians could not find any suitable solutions.
This is noteworthy for several reasons. On the one hand, it is more difficult to learn automatisms in a national team than at club level, since the coach and the players only work together for a short period of time. On the other hand, the tournament took place on early afternoon with high temperatures and the English players are at the end of a very long and intense season.
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In addition, because of their technically strong midfield, the Croatians themselves have a high level of resistance to pressing and usually find solutions to build up the game even under strong pressure. This time, however, the Croatian team could hardly think of anything against the equally intensive and well-organized pressing of the English.
Convincing EM debutants
In addition to the strong tactical performance of the team, some players who are taking part in a major event for the first time showed very good performances. First and foremost Kalvin Phillips, who made his debut for Leeds in the Premier League around nine months ago and of course has mastered the intense pressing under coach Marcelo Bielsa from scratch.
Phillips was responsible for numerous ball wins in counter-pressing, some of which also took place in high zones and resulted in promising situations. Aston Villa central defender Tyrone Mings was solid in the back and young stars Phil Foden and Mason Mount also showed strong performances.
The only goal of the game was scored by a player who, unlike most of his teammates, did not arrive at the tournament in top form, Raheem Sterling. Against Croatia he showed himself from his best side again and his opponent Sime Vrsaljko hardly got him under control.
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Schick’s stunner against Scotland
For the brave Scots, however, the 2021 European Championship began with bad news, because during the game against the Czech Republic, coach Steve Clarke’s team, had to take out one of their most important players due to injury. Kieran Tierney was substituted. Schick gave the Czechs the lead shortly before half-time and probably scored the best goal of the 2021 European Championship in the 52nd minute. The Bayer Leverkusen striker realized during a counterattack that the opposing goalkeeper was well in front of his goal and scored from around 45 Meters to make it 2-0.
England vs. Scotland: Both teams to score?
Scottish problems setting up the game
Steve Clarke’s team can’t be blamed for much in terms of fighting and especially before the strange second goal, the Scots had the momentum on their side and the equalizer was in the air. For a long time, however, his team lacked creativity and the game setup was much too slow.
The absence of Tierney was particularly noticeable, as no player in the defensive three-man chain took responsibility for setting up the game and the ball was often pushed back and forth without any ideas and without risk. The Czechs simply let the Scots have their way for long stretches of the game, waived high pressing and watched how the opponent ran out of ideas.
McTominay was removed by man marking and the young creative player Billy Gilmour was only on the bench for 90 minutes. Clark’s team had almost 60 percent possession, but only became more dangerous when in the closing stages with McGregor, Nisbet and Forrest, more offensive players, were on the pitch.
Now the question is what will Coach Clarke take away from this defeat? Will he continue to rely on defensive players like Stephen O’Donnell against the attacking Englishmen, which will again come at the expense of creativity?
EURO 2020 Betting Match Odds – Fixtures Group D
|Day||Time||Venue||Win 1||Draw||Win 2|
|13.6.||15:00||London||England – Croatia||–||–||–|
|14.6.||15:00||Glasgow||Scotland – Czech Republic||–||–||–|
Betting tip – England win without conceding a goal
There is only one big favorite in betting on this prestigious duel and based on the performances shown, we assume that coach Gareth Southgate’s team will not miss anything and achieve a sovereign victory.
The English didn’t give the Croatian a chance and had the game under control for most of the time. Now the Three Lions meet the Scots, who presented themselves without innovative ideas in the build-up of the game over long stretches against the Czech Republic and will hardly have many chances against the well-organized English national team.
Our tip is therefore that England will win the game without conceding a goal.
Alternatively, a handicap bet victory can be alluded to England, as the class difference between the two teams is large and the result could well be higher.