Time: Friday, June 18 2021 22:00 (Group D)
The Group D affair returns on Friday night with England taking on Scotland in a local derby that promises to whet football fans’ appetites. The Brits are coming from a one goal victory at Wembley Stadium, that saw Raheem Sterling score from a first touch ball, passed by the Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips to beat the Croatians.
On the other hand, the Scottish side are coming from an humiliating opening match day that saw their keeper Marshall beaten twice by Schick with assists from Vladimir Coufal and Thomas Soucek; the second goal being a contender for goal of the tournament in a half line vlley that left the world stunned. On Friday Croatia take on Czech Republic at 19:00 Hampden Park (Scotland), while England take on Scotland at Wembley Stadium. Today we focus on the possible starting 11, team tactics, head to head and match predictions.
The Three Lions are playing with home advantage on their side after winning their first opening match at Wembley. They will be gunning for two consecutive wins and despite missing their captain Harry Maguire, his replacement Tyrone Mings proved to be a show stopper with impressive defending skill during last Sunday’s match. Gareth Southgate was not impressed by his side with the forwards failing to convert two big chances, with Croatia dominating 54% of ball possession and England only 46%. Southgate, may start Maguire since the player is reported to be fit and ready to start on Friday. This will be their 33rd meeting at Wembley and has produced 16 goals from their previous four match encounters with Scotland. 11 for England and 5 for Scotland, Their matches have never ended goalless.
Team formation: 4-3-3
Possible Starting 11.
Forwards: Raheem sterling (LF) Harry Kane (CF), Philip Foden (AM).
Midfielders: Mason Mount (AM), Declan Rice (CM), Kalvin Phillips (AM).
Defenders: Kieran Trippier (RB), Harry Maguire (CB), John Stones (CB), Kyle Walker (RB).
Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford.
Manager Steven Clarke blamed the two goal defeat on poor mistakes made by the defenders and the goalkeeper, who conceded the second goal after coming of his line to see Schick score a spectacular Euro goal. The away team is looking to bounce back as stated by the midfielder John McGinn, ‘it’s important that we don’t sulk’ and Clarke also talked about getting it right with England. Despite showing great performance they still lost their opening match and with England still not performing at they standard level the Scottish side may take advantage to reclaim points lost during their last match.
Although the stakes are high and the odds against them they may just pull this out of the fire. Andrew Robertson created six chances during the match against Czech Republic the most created in Group D so far.
Team formation: 3-5-2
Possible Starting 11.
Forwards: Ryan Christie (AM), Lyndon Dykes (CF).
Midfielders: Andrew Robertson (LB) Stuart Armstrong (AM) Scott MC Tominay (CM) John McGinn (CM) Stephen O’ Donnell (RB).
Defenders: Liam Cooper (CB) Grant Hanley (CB) Jack Henry (CB).
Goalkeeper: David Marshall. (GK)
England 3 wins, 1 draw (2-2) 2017 and 0 wins Scotland.
Match Prediction :
England Win (1.56)
Over 2.5 goals (1.92)
Correct score 2-1 (9.50)