Betting tip WM2018: England - Scotland
Friday, 11.11.2016 at 19:45
Emotional duel on the island
This game is something special for the fans of both countries. We are talking about the game between “big brother” England and “little sister” Scotland, which will be played on Friday as part of the World Cup qualification. Kick-off is November 10 at 8.45 PM.
Current form England
There is agitation in the motherland of football because of the national team’s past results. The unrest surrounding the now former coach Sam Allardyce hasn’t helped the situation. There hasn’t been an improvement in the performance under new coach Gareth Southgate either. But the “Three Lions” are still undefeated in this world cup qualification. They have obtained two wins and one draw so far. Their first win against Slovakia (1:0) was very lucky though. The deciding goal was scored shortly before the end of the game. The 2:0 against “football gnome” Malta wasn’t impressive either. The negative peak followed in front of England’s home crowd, when they only drew 0:0 against Slovenia. To make matters worse coach Southgate benched captain Wane Rooney against Slovenia. When England was successful lately it was because of their defense, but it already showed that they struggle against powerful teams. Additionally they are lacking creativity on offense. England’s style of play seems to be unimaginative and a little bit immobile. Even though the Southgate-Eleven has more ball possession as their opponent most of the time, they are not creating enough chances to score.
Current form Scotland
Unlike England’s start into the qualification the Scottish national team’s has been very hopeful. The “Bravehearts” won 5:1 in Malta and performed very well on offense especially. On the second game day the euphoria was over already though, when Scotland only drew 1:1 against Lithuania. It was very surprising that they lost a point in Glasgow, after all Scotland usually is very strong at home. The draw seems to have brought insecurity into coach Gordon Strachan’s team. A couple of days later they lost against EURO contender Slovakia 0:3. Scotland has been disappointing in front of the opponent’s goal once again. Even though they had more ball possession than Slovakia and they had five great chances, but they weren’t able to score. So the self-confidence of the beginning of the qualification probably has faded before the duel against England. To make matters worse the coaching staff will miss the best scorer of the qualification so far on Thursday. The wing player Robert Snodgrass who scored three goals so far won’t be able to play due to a muscle injury.
Despite recent meager performances England is still undefeated, while their opponent has not been meeting their expectations in the last two games. Additionally Snodgrass won’t be able to play and he was responsible for half of Scotland’s goals so far. Scotland’s physical strength, which is an advantage over a lot of opponents won’t be much of an advantage against England either. Our recommendation therefore: Tip 1.
The last 4 results of England in detail