England vs. Scotland
June 18, 2021 3:00 pm EDT
The Line: Over 2.5 -110, Under 2.5 -110
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England is hosting Scotland at Wembley in round 2 of Group D in the Euro Cup 2021. England is now on a 7-game winning streak, but they were far from their best in their opening match of the tournament. Scotland has had home advantage in their first game, but they ended up losing that game because of their mistakes.
England is in great form, especially on the defensive end where they conceded only 1 goal in their last 7 games, but they have scored only 3 goals in their last 3 games, 1 in each game. The good news for England is they have started this tournament with a win. England has had 50% of ball possession in that match, 2 shots on goal, 1 corner kick, 2 big chances created, and 84% of the correct passes. One good chance was enough for England to score a goal, and they have won that game 1-0. Sterling is the only goalscorer for England so far, but Kalvin Phillips was the highlight of that game. England might have won their first game, but they are in second place in their group, and a lot could happen until the end. There is a lot of talent in this England squad, but they are still not playing as well as they can, and they better improve fast. Kane is still not in a goalscoring form, and England will need him to be soon.
After 5 games without a loss, Scotland was hosting Czech Republic, and they really pooped their pants. Scotland was the better team in that game with 58% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 6 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and 76% of the correct passes. Overall, not a bad game for Scotland, but they have made two mistakes, and it cost them a lot. Scotland has lost this game 2-0. Defensively and in their midfield, Scotland is well-covered, and those are their strongest parts, but their offense is shaky at best. Scotland has only 3 strikers in their lineup, but only Che Adams is good enough to play here. Scotland will try to focus on defense in this game, and it might work for them, but I’m not sure they can defend for the whole 90 minutes without making a mistake. Scotland is now in the last place of this group, and they need a win here if they want to have a chance at advancing to the next stage, even from 3rd place.
England is the better team here, and in better form, there is no question about that, but as we can see from their recent games, their offense is still not working as it should. There will be a few changes in their starting lineup for this game, and that might change something. Scotland is a solid team, and as I’ve mentioned, they will focus on defense here. There is no value in just taking England, which is why I will add goals as well because I think they will come out guns blazing.