England v Scotland tips: Back Three Lions to defeat Auld Enemy
England and Scotland renew their rivalry when they clash at Wembley tonight
November 11th, 2016
These two sides have a rivalry stretching back many years and they meet in a crunch World Cup qualifying match at Wembley this evening in what is very much a must-win for both sides.
Gareth Southgate is once again the man in charge, albeit in a caretaker capacity and he will desperate to lift his side to a more convincing performance than they have displayed in recent outings.
Southgate’s reign kicked off with an underwhelming 2-0 win at home to Malta and it continued with a 0-0 draw in Slovenia, this result ending England’s winning run in qualifying matches which stretched back three years. As such, the Three Lions have managed seven points from their opening three qualifying matches and we’ll be backing them to add to this with a win tonight.
England may be sitting in pole position in their qualifying group but the fans are growing ever restless having witnessed some unconvincing performances, however the Scotland fans are having an even harder time of things with the Tartan Army on the verge of losing out on a place in Russia.
The Scots last took part in a major tournament some eighteen years ago in the 1998 World Cup and whilst they launched their qualifying campaign for Russia 2018 in creditable fashion thanks to a 5-1 hammering of Malta, a subsequent 1-1 draw with Lithuania and 3-0 defeat to Slovakia has resulted in them struggling to make an impact in the group.
Many predicted that Gordon Strachan would stand down as Scotland manager following the defeat to Slovakia and even more hoped that he would bugger off, however he is still in the hot-seat and will be hopeful of a Scotland win which would perhaps give his position a massive boost. We’re not confident of his chances tonight and we feel that the 14,000 strong Tartan Army will be silenced by a narrow England win.
The Three Lions have been unimpressive thus far but they have collected some seven points from a possible nine and they are much better than this dismal Scotland side. England start as 2/5 favourites and it is completely understandable why this is that case with the Scots pretty shambolic at the back and the hosts will be desperate to get back amongst the goals.
Our surprise choice of goalscorer comes in the form of Theo Walcott, the Arsenal player managing just two goals in his last seventeen England appearances but banging in eight in his last twelve Gunners matches and certain to provide all sorts of problems for the Scottish rearguard tonight.