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England v Scotland betting tips: England to ease to win over Auld Enemy

Leigh Copson 10 Nov 2016
Will England be too much for the Scots? (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

The Auld Enemies go head-to-head at Wembley Stadium on Friday night, with both England and Scotland in need of three World Cup qualifying points for very different reasons.

There have been friendly encounters between these two nations in recent years but it has been 17 years – almost to the day – since they met in a competitive game.

Don Hutchison celebrates after scoring the winner against England in 1999. (Photo by Ben Radford /Allsport/GettyImages)
On that famous night at the old Wembley Stadium a first-half header from Don Hutchinson handed Scotland a 1-0 victory on the night, but it was England who won the Euro 2000 play-off 2-1 on aggregate thanks to Paul Scholes’ first-leg double and a sensational David Seaman save that to this day still has the Tartan Army wondering how he managed to deny Christian Dailly’s header.

Much time has passed since that night and much has changed for these national teams too – both are in some sort of crisis as they bid to reach the World Cup in Russia in two years’ time.

Gareth Southgate is once again holding England’s reins on a temporary basis, after an undercover sting by journalists led to the departure of Sam Allardyce after just one game in charge.

Southgate’s interim reign started with an underwhelming 2-0 home win over a Malta side that was thrashed by Scotland in September, and it continued with a goalless draw in Slovenia last month that ended the Three Lions’ three-year winning run in qualifying. So that means England have scraped seven points from three qualifying games and while they are top of the group, the natives are getting restless.

And speaking of restless, the Tartan Army are already wondering if another qualifying campaign is over.

Scotland have not qualified for a major international tournament since 1998 and they came close to ending that drought last year, only for a costly defeat in Georgia – AGAIN – to all but end their chances of reaching the Euros. They blitzed Malta 5-1 to make a flying start to this qualifying campaign, but the wheels have come off since then with a dreadful 1-1 draw at home to Lithuania being followed by a 3-0 hammering in Slovakia.

Gordon Strachan has stuck around despite reports he was considering quitting as Scotland manager last month, and a win over the Auld Enemy would certainly give his camp a gigantic boost. But can you really expect the Scots to take anything from this match? I don’t – and I’m part of the 14,000-strong Tartan Army heading to Wembley on Friday night.

Gareth Southgate. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
England may have been poor so far, but they have managed to collect seven points from a possible nine and they are – quite frankly – a far better side than this sorry Scotland squad that look set to disappoint a nation once again. England are the 4/11 favourites in the bet365 match betting and that is understandable.

They should win this match rather comfortably and England -1 in the handicap market screams ‘banker’ at 11/10 with Paddy Power. This Scotland defence is shambolic and just the sort of backline that can help the Three Lions get back among the goals.

And if you are looking to back a goalscorer I recommend getting behind Theo Walcott – which may be surprising to some of you considering he has scored in just two of his last 17 outings for the national team.

Walcott is in excellent form for Arsenal having scored eight goals in 12 games in all competitions and he has already equalled his Premier League goal tally from each of the three previous seasons. His pace will cause all sorts of problems for this Scotland defence and help him transfer his club form onto the international stage, so William Hill’s 17/10 about him scoring anytime looks like a strong bet for Friday’s clash.

My final recommendation is backing Over 2.5 Total Goals at Even money with bet365 – something that has happened in each of the last two games between these two teams.

England have hardly been in free-scoring form recently, but as I have already said this Scotland defence is a disaster waiting to happen at times and they have already conceded three times against Slovakia and shipped a goal to Malta. I would not be shocked to see Scotland grab a consolation at the other end, so there is a good chance the crowd at Wembley will be treated to at least three goals.

Recommended Bets:

Back England -1 to win @ 11/10 Paddy Power
Back Theo Walcott to score anytime @ 17/10 William Hill
Back Over 2.5 Total Goals @ EVS bet365

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