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Football tips: Best bets for Scotland v England

12 Sep | analysis | BY Aidan Perkins | MIN READ TIME |
Football tips: Best bets for Scotland v England

Our best bets for England's trip to Hampden Park on Tuesday night include plenty of goals and a Premier League midfielder to hit the target.

Scotland and England will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first ever international fixture when they meet in a prestigious friendly at Hampden Park on Tuesday.

Both sides are top of their respective groups in their Euro 2024 qualifying campaigns and come into this match in good form, so it should be an entertaining affair between the old rivals.

High-scoring affair fancied

The last meeting between Scotland and England at Hampden Park was an engrossing 2-2 draw as the home side netted twice thanks to a pair of Leigh Griffiths free-kicks in June 2017.

The two teams met again at Euro 2020, playing out a goalless draw in the group stages.

A low-scoring affair looks unlikely this time around, though, with both teams in rock solid goalscoring form.

England have netted 16 goals in their five Euro 2024 qualifiers since the World Cup, and Scotland have also scored at least two goals in eight of their last nine games.

That run includes victories over Spain and Norway, proving that Steve Clarke’s side are no pushovers at the top level and they are all but qualified already for next year’s Euros in Germany.

With both sides likely to rotate somewhat given that this is a friendly, expect an open and high-scoring game.

Back both teams to score in a game that may also see three or more goals.  

McTominay can continue attacking output

One of the biggest surprises of Scotland’s recent upturn in form has been the attacking efforts of Scott McTominay.

The Manchester United midfielder is entrusted with a more attacking role for his country than he is for his club and has relished it.

The 26-year-old is the joint-top scorer in Euro 2024 qualifying, with six goals to his name from just five games.

McTominay averages 1.4 shots on target per 90 across that run and is fancied to have at least another in this clash.

His ability in the air is something that Scotland may look to exploit and he looks a very tempting price to have a shot on goal.

Eze could open account for the Three Lions

Eberechi Eze has had a sharp rise in the last few years and has finally been rewarded with his debut for the senior England squad, playing his first game in June.

The Crystal Palace star has already opened his account for the new season and netted 10 league goals last season.

His creativity looked to be what England were lacking in their 1-1 draw against Ukraine last time out and manager Gareth Southgate looks likely to give Eze a run out in this clash, as he examines his squad.

Take the 25-year-old to press his case for permanent inclusion with a goal in his second match for the Three Lions.


Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals 11/8

Scott McTominay 1+ shots on target 11/8

Eberechi Eze to score 14/5