Euro Betting: England vs Scotland, June 18
Group Stages | Group D | London
Their Euros So Far
The world’s oldest international fixture is reignited for Matchday 2. Amazingly, England and Scotland first faced each other in Glasgow for a goalless draw in 1872! It’s fair to say, the nations, the teams, and the game have changed a fair bit since then.
Back to the present day, and England’s Euros kicked off with a win. The first time they’ve ever won an opening Euro fixture, as they beat Croatia 1-0, to further avenge their 2018 World Cup semi-final defeat, after also beating them in the subsequent Nations League fixture.
For Scotland, their first international tournament for 23 years – since France 98 – has started with a disappointing defeat to Czech Republic. Naturally, this puts them under considerable pressure to gain valuable points at Wembley against their old foes, England.
Gareth Southgate’s men look in good shape for the tournament, blessed with a squad rich with talent, and their defeat of Croatia looked comfortable, professional, and accomplished. Plus, another clean sheet (5 in the last 6 games).
They will, however, be looking to get more out of Harry Kane this time round, whilst Kalvin Phillips energetic midfield performance should see him retain a starting berth. It is expected that Southgate could make a number of changes for the Scotland clash, with Jack Grealish, Jadon Sancho, Ben Chilwell, and Luke Shaw all pushing for their first starts of Euro 2020.
Scotland’s defeat in their first game, whilst a setback, did show glimpses of their potential. There were several moments where they had the edge in the game, from the frequent driving runs of Andrew Robertson, Jack Hendry hitting the woodwork, and a number of close half-chances. Ultimately, they were bought down by a moment of lacking concentration for the first Czech goal, and a moment of audacious brilliance for the second. It was quite simply, Patrik Schick’s day.
With 114 previous matches between the two sides, where do you start?!
Most recently, the teams played out an entertaining 2-2 draw, with two late Leigh Griffiths’ free-kicks sending Scotland on the way to victory, before Harry Kane’s even later goal rescued the points.
That draw extended England’s unbeaten run against the Tartan Army to four matches, when Scotland beat England 1-0 in the second leg of their Euro 2000 play-off match, thanks to a Don Hutchison winner. In spite of this, England still progressed to the finals, courtesy of a Paul Scholes double in the first leg.
They also met back in 2016 for the Russia World Cup qualifiers, with goals from Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana, and Gary Cahill giving England a 3-0 win at Wembley. The same venue for this latest Euro 2020 fixture.
Most famously, and almost 25 years to the day, both sides met at Euro 96 where England secured a 2-0 win that will always be remembered for that quite majestic goal from Paul Gascoigne and the ‘dentist chair’ celebration that followed.
So, will England revive the spirit of Gazza in 96? Or will Scotland finally remember how to take down the Auld Enemy?