Scotland will be hosting their old enemy England in a crucial Group F 2018 World Cup qualifying showdown at Hampden Park in Glasgow this Saturday, June 10th. England still leads the group with 13 points while Slovakia follows with nine. Slovenia is in third place with eight, Scotland has seven, Lithuania is next with five and Malta occupies the basement with no points.
Scotland vs England – bet365 World Cup Qualifying Odds:
- bet365 currently lists England as the favorites to win the game at 7/10 with Scotland 17/4 and a draw at 5/2
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World Cup Qualifying Odds – Scotland vs England Head to Head:
These two British neighbors last met on November 11th in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley Stadium in London with the hosts winning 3-0. Their very first encounter came way back in November of 1872 when the sides drew 0-0 in Scotland in the first international soccer game in history. The Scottish have managed just one victory in the last 10 meetings, which was in a in a Euro 2000 qualifier in England in November, 1999. Scotland has two wins in the last 14 games three in the last 17. The teams have drawn just once in the last 11 meetings and just twice in the past 28. Overall, they’ve played each other 113 times with England winning 48, losing 41 and drawing the other 24. They’ve also outscored Scotland 201-172.
Scotland – A Closer Look:
Scotland enters the match in fourth place in the six-team group with seven points. They have two wins, a draw and two defeats with seven goals scored and eight against. The team is currently ranked number 59 in the world by FIFA with their highest ever ranking being 13th in October of 2017. Scotland has just one win in their past five contests along with two draws and a pair of defeats. Their last outing resulted in a 1-0 win over Slovenia in a World Cup qualifier in March.
Scotland is currently managed by Gordon Strachan, but has hasn’t had much success with the squad as of yet. The Scottish have qualified for eight World Cups in the past with their best showing being ninth place back in 1974. They’ve also appeared in a pair of European championship tournaments with their best result being in the final eight in 1992. The team has never advanced past the first group stage of a major tournament though.
England – A Closer Look:
England enters the game as the leaders of Group F. They have 13 points from four wins and a draw while scoring eight goals and allowing a group-low none against. England is ranked number 14 in the world by FIFA with their highest ever ranking being number three in August of 2012. The English have two wins, two draws and a loss in their last five outings. Their last match was a 2-0 home win over Lithuania in a World Cup qualifier in March.
Gareth Southgate is now the fulltime manager of the squad with Wayne Rooney still being listed as the team’s captain as well as its top scorer. England has appeared in 14 World Cups up to now and won the trophy as hosts back in 1966. They haven’t fared as well in European Championships with their best showings being third place in both 1968 and 1996. The team has some fine scores such as Harry Kane, who led the English Premier League this season with 31.
World Cup Qualifying Odds – Scotland vs England Takeaway:
- The group standings and world rankings don’t mean anything when these two counties square off. Scotland desperately needs a win though if they hope to finish second and make it to Russia via the playoffs. There are nine European groups of six teams with the group winners automatically qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The eight second-place teams with the best records will enter a two-game playoff series.