England v Scotland Predictions & Betting Odds – 11th November 2016

Three Lions to edge past Auld Enemy

World Cup Betting

England v Scotland Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 Qualifiers 11th November

A nice home nations derby to get stuck into for the return of international action on Friday night. Scotland head south of the border looking for an upset victory which would pull them level on points with the Three Lions in the group. Both nations look prepared to wear poppies on their armbands despite the FIFA ban and both are ready to accept any punishments because of it. This Armistice Day fixture could be an emotional night and a big pressure game for interim England boss Gareth Southgate. Can England take a big stride towards Russia 2018?

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England v Scotland Betting Tips

Big game for England then who will be looking to add to their seven point haul so far in their World Cup 2018 qualification group. After opening with back to back wins over Slovakia and Malta, they were held to a 0-0 draw on the road in Slovenia last time out. Not a great performance and frankly neither was their 2-0 win over Malta at Wembley, both games being under Gareth Southgate who is in temporary charge. This then will be England’s second home fixture in the group and they haven’t looked totally convincing at any point so far. But at least they haven’t shipped a goal at all yet and England to win to nil against Scotland will return to a nice price of even money on the game. Going forward their output has been hugely disappointing with just the three in three games, which is half as many as Scotland have managed.

England fans would love to see them cut loose, but this is just one of those games where they need to get through. Coupled with the fact that they have not looked convincing, there’s probably not going to be fireworks from the home side. An England one goal winning margin is a 12/5 shot at William Hill on the Home Nations clash. Scotland have managed to avoid being behind at the break on each of their last three visits to Wembley to face England, so it could be worth having a flutter on a draw/England half time/full result in this one. Harry Kane returned to the Spurs line up on Saturday in the Premier League after his long ankle injury and he is even money to score in this one. Who will Southgate go with though? Daniel Sturridge and Marcus Rashford are 11/10 punts to strike. Scotland will make England work hard for their spoils.

Scotland at least will be heading to Wembley without any pressure on them because they are heavy underdogs to take the away victory. Their last trip to Wembley was back in back World Cup 2014 qualifying, when the Three Lions ran out 3-2 winners against the Scots after having a bit of a scare. Scotland have managed just the one victory in their last nine internationals against England now and shipped three goals exactly in their last two meetings with them. Both team to score will fetch a price of 4/7 William Hill for this reunion and the Scots have been on the board in each of their last three against England. Scotland’s last victory over England at Wembley was in 1999 in the Euro 2000 qualifiers. Gareth Southgate was part of the England side which lost that one.

So Scotland have had some mixed fortunes so far in World Cup 2018 qualifying with a W1 D1 l1 record on the board so far. They opened with a 5-1 win in Malta, but then their progress has been slowed with a draw against Lithuania and a defeat against Slovakia. Still, they are still in the qualifying picture and the moment and a win over England would do absolute wonders for them. They are the top scorers in the group with six but they have scored just the one goal in their last two qualifiers so under 2.5 goals on this Wembley clash will return a price of 4/5. Scotland have Chris Martin at 9/2 and Leigh Griffiths at 5/1 in the anytime goalscorer market for their trip to England. Gordon Strachan’s men have gone W2 D1 L3 in their last six matches now, so they aren’t quite at their resilient best. You imagine that they would be happy to collect a point on the road in this one.

England v Scotland Betting Odds

England 4/11, Draw 7/2, Scotland 8/1

England v Scotland Predictions

This is probably going to be a low key, low-excitement clash at Wembley. You have Scotland who would be happy with a point here because that would be a precious thing in the overall context of trying to get out of the group. So they will likely sit back a lot over the 90 minutes which leaves the question of whether or not England can get creative enough to break them down. England haven’t looked particularly sharp so far in qualifying, but they have a lot of options on the bench to mix things up so look for them to win by a one goal margin.