International football’s oldest rivals will do battle in Glasgow on Saturday and we’ve asked our bwin blog editors for their Scotland vs England predictions.
With over 100 markets available on the Hampden Park clash, there are plenty of opportunities for World Cup betting tips on this crucial Group F qualifier.
STUART WALKER – England to win to nil @ 29/20
This is always a fiercely-contested fixture but I can’t look past anything other than an England win.
Scotland need a positive result to boost their hopes of reaching Russia and will no doubt lift their game against the ‘Auld Enemy’.
Gareth Southgate’s side won’t have it all their own way but the talent they possess will ultimately come to the fore.
England haven’t lost a qualifying game in any major tournament since 2009 and prevailed 3-0 when these teams met at Wembley last November.
They have yet to concede a goal in five qualifiers while Scotland have scored just twice in their last four matches in Group F.
ANDREW MCDERMOTT – England to win by more than one goal @ 21/10
Scotland will raise their game for the visit of their biggest rivals but I still don’t think they have the quality to cause an upset against an England team that has performed consistently throughout qualifying for some time now.
England are vastly superior in all departments and with Harry Kane finishing the season in such good form, the Tottenham striker can ensure a comfortable win for the visitors.
Scotland caused a few problems for England’s defence at Wembley in November, so I’ll swerve Southgate’s men to win to nil, but backing them to overcome a one-goal start on the handicap appeals at 21/10 and would have paid out on their last three trips north of the border.
TONY KELSHAW – Scotland to win @ 4/1
I’m bucking the trend by taking Gordon Strachan’s side to upset the odds and give the Tartan Army a chance to celebrate their first home win over England since 1985.
Both teams will be feeling the effects of a long, hard season but the Scots have reportedly been buzzing in training ahead of taking on the ‘Auld Enemy’.
England were flattered by the scoreline at Wembley in November and it could have been a much different story if Scotland had taken at least one of their early chances.
Six Celtic players in the home squad should also ensure plenty of self-belief and I reckon 4/1 is just too big a price for a one-off encounter on home turf.
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