There’s some Home Nations action to look forward to on Friday night with England v Scotland coming from the World Cup 2018 qualifiers.
The build up to this one has pretty much been all about the Poppy debate after FIFA rejected appeals from the English and Scottish FA’s to let their players wear a poppy on their armband on this Armistice Day fixture. It looks as if both are going to be defying FIFA’s request and will be prepared to face any sanctions because of it.
But to the game and there is an important three points up for grabs in the qualification group to reach Russia 2018. England top the group but Scotland are just three points behind. So if the Scots can roll into Wembley and cause an upset by landing the victory then that would blow the group wide open with Scotland drawing level on points with the Three Lions. That would set the cat amongst the pigeons. England have gone W2 D1 so far from their three matches, scoring just the three goals along the way and looking thoroughly underwhelming.
Pressure will be on interim boss Gareth Southgate not to lose this one at home against an old rival in a game that his men are expected to win. England have lost just one of their last nine international matches against Scotland so are strong in the head to head, but you just never know with this kind of fixture. Scotland gave England a real scare the last time that they met up south of the border, the Three Lions edging out a 3-2 thriller.
However, it’s unlikely, given England’s current unconvincing status that the Three Lions will put in a dominant attacking display. There is an element of caution here because they won’t want to lose this one in their own back yard. So while England are running as favourites for the win, this is likely to be a tight and probably tense affair as the Scots will likely be happy to get out of this fixture with a point in the bag. That would be a huge point on the road for them against the group favourites after going W1 D1 L1 from their opening three matches.
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