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International friendly betting preview : Scotland v England

17/11/2014
With both sides fresh from European Championship qualifying victories, Scotland will take on England at Celtic Park this Tuesday in the game’s oldest international fixture.

It may be a friendly but neither side will want to pass up the chance to establish bragging rights over their cross-border rivals.

Roy Hodgson is set to shuffle his pack after Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Slovenia, having already sent home first choice goalkeeper Joe Hart, opening the door for Southampton’s Fraser Forster to start for the Three Lions.

The England manager could also hand caps to Manchester United’s Luke Shaw as well as the rejuvenated Stewart Downing at the tip of a midfield diamond, a position in which he has impressed for West Ham.

Saido Berahino, who has lit up the Premier League for West Bromwich Albion this season, will be hopeful of securing his debut from the bench.

Scotland battled hard to defeat the Republic of Ireland at the weekend, an impressive performance capped by a wonderful Shaun Maloney strike.

With performances improving under the leadership of Gordon Strachan, and exciting youngsters such as Sporting CP’s Ryan Gauld waiting in the wings, the future is surely bright for the Tartan Army.

However, despite a largely indifferent opening sixty minutes against the Slovenians, before being shaken into life by a Jordan Henderson own goal, England’s position as 2.05 favourites with online bookmaker Winner should be justified by victory on the night.

Danny Welbeck was one of few bright sparks for England on Saturday, scoring two goals, and is priced at +188 to score at anytime against Scotland.

The last encounter between the two sides at Wembley was a high-scoring affair which saw Rickie Lambert secure a 3-2 victory for England with his first touch in international football.

Sure to be backed by a partisan home crowd, Scotland will push England hard, and odds of 2.15 for three goals or more with Winner are well worth a look.

Tom Lewis
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