England vs. Scotland Preview & Prediction

By Derek Ferreira
Nov. 09, 2016

The oldest international rivalry in football will be renewed this Friday night when England faces Scotland in a crucial Group F World Cup qualifier. England has had a good start to the World Cup qualifying campaign and is in 1st place, but it has been weird given the hiring and then firing of Sam Allardyce after one game.

Gareth Southgate is now managing England, and a victory here would take England on ten points and a positive step for a trip to Russia in 2018. The Three Lions are undefeated so far but have only played a single game at home, which was a 2-0 victory over Malta.

Scotland still has a chance to qualify despite playing 50/50 football and calls for manager Gordon Strachan to re-sign. Indeed if they were to pull off an upset, England and Scotland would be tied when it comes to points, and so there is everything on the line. Scotland has played two games on the road losing to Slovenia 3-0 but winning against Malta 5-1.

Prediction: England has gone the last three games undefeated and has lost just one match from their previous six, which was the upset game against Iceland at Euro 2016. Scotland has lost three games from their previous five and had no consistency. England should win this game and my prediction is a 2-0 score for the Three Lions.