Scotland vs England Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Scotland vs England | Tuesday 18 November, 2014 | Celtic Park | 20:00
Scotland took on Republic of Ireland at Celtic Park on Friday to defeat them 1-0 and will be hoping for a repeat performance when they take on England in a friendly on Tuesday.
Scotland’s recent win will have filled the side with confidence ahead of the clash against their old rivals on Tuesday, but England will also be in high spirits having defeated Slovenia 3-1 at the weekend, adding to their winning streak.
Shaun Maloney was the only scorer as Gordon Strachan’s men took the 1-0 win that keeps them on equal points with second place in their qualifying group, although they sit at fourth due to a far lower goal difference.
Strachan described Scotland’s performance on Friday as “mesmerising” but he has admitted that he may shuffle around his starting line-up for the friendly with England.
Commenting on rotating his line-up from Friday, the Scotland boss said, “I think so, because they put so much into that game. That was like one of those big heavyweight boxing matches. We’ve played in football games and believed in that and we’ve played in a more physical duel and dealt with that as well.”
Steven Fletcher will be absent against England as the striker had to be subbed during the Ireland game due to an ankle injury. The Sunderland star player will not be risked for a friendly which could mean that Chris Martin will start at the front.
England will be without Leighton Baines due to a hamstring problem as well as goalkeeper Joe Hart who was sent home from international duty, opening the door to either Fraser Forster or Ben Foster to step in.
Luke Shaw was left out of Roy Hodgson’s squad at the weekend but is set to start against Scotland on Tuesday.
“We will take the game very seriously,” said Hodgson when questioned about his squad choices. “Please don’t get the impression that I don’t take the game seriously and don’t have a lot of respect for it because I do but that’s the same for every game.
“That was the case with Norway and Denmark in recent friendlies because that’s the way we operate. I make it clear to the players that you don’t get many international possibilities, whether you are playing San Marino or whether you are playing Argentina or Germany or Brazil.
“It’s the same shirt, the same cap and one game might be easier to win than others but it doesn’t affect your attitude towards it. That’s my message and I hope the players pick up on it.”
Scotland vs England Betting Tips
The last time England played Scotland was at Wembley in August 2013 when the home side won 3-2 and it looks like the result will be similar on Tuesday.
An England victory by one goal is the most likely outcome and a 2-1 score line for the visitors looks attractive at 15/2 with Sky Bet.
Everton’s Ross Barkley is getting back on top form and has even drawn comparisons to a young Wayne Rooney in recent weeks, making the 20-year-old a top bet to score first at 8/1 with Betway.