A fiercely contested clash is anticipated in the east end of Glasgow tonight. Will England leave with the spoils?
This match may only be a friendly, however there is much at stake as these sides clash at Parkhead in what promises to be an exciting clash between ‘auld enemies’.
Roy Hodgson’s side will be looking to remain unbeaten since their exit from the World Cup in the summer, however they will be made to work hard by a Scotland side who have impressed in their own Euro 2016 qualification group.
Indeed, the Scots will be eager to avenge for their 3-2 defeat to England at Wembley last year and this match will be closely contested, both sides eager to avoid defeat against their neighbours.
The Three Lions have managed four wins from four games in their Euro qualifying group, however these matches are relatively unappetising compared to this encounter and the players and fans will be relishing the prospect of clashing with their arch rivals on the Celtic Park pitch tonight.
A new-look England side is showcasing an impressive attacking style of football of late, culminating in a 3-1 defeat of Slovenia on Saturday, a match which Roy Hodgson’s side conceded their first goal in six outings.
Nevertheless, due to the nature of this match, this will certainly prove to be a hard-fought and physical battle which could in reality go either way, Hodgson expected to name a very strong starting eleven with Danny Welbeck, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Gary Cahill likely to make a start. Skipper wayne Rooney will also feature following his scoring exploits in his 100th international match last weekend.
The home side will be in high spirits following their defeat of Ireland on Friday, the Scots moving into joint second position in their Euro 2016 qualifying group, level on points with Ireland and Germany.
The hosts have suffered just one defeat in the last year, that loss being a narrow 2-1 defeat to world champions Germany. They will be eager to continue this impressive form against their larger neighbours in front of a packed Celtic Park, a hostile and partisan crowd expected to boost the home side.
England will look to clinch an early lead and the superior strength in depth of the visitors will likely see them edge this match with a single goal victory looking to be the likeliest scenario.
Danny Welbeck has been in fine form for the Three Lions, the Arsenal star looking good value at 11/5 with BetVictor to score anytime against Scotland.
With emotions likely to be extremely high, especially for a friendly, odds of 9/4 for a red card to be shown to any player looks a very tempting bet indeed.
Live coverage on ITV at 8pm, Tuesday 18th November
Our betting tips
England victory by one goal – Sky Bet 11/4
Anytime Goalscorer, Danny Welbeck – BetVictor 11/5
A red card at any time – BetVictor 9/4
All odds were correct at time of posting.