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Scotland and England set to reignite rivalries in an international friendly

Tuesday 18th November 2014
Football's oldest rivalry is reignited on Tuesday when Auld Enemies Scotland and England clash at Glasgow's Celtic Park (ITV 1, 8pm).

The fierce adversaries will each be gunning for the pride-swelling victory in a feisty fixture that goes way beyond the realms of an “international friendly”. The neighbours each head into the early anticipated match on the back of victories in their respective Euro 2016 qualifiers, and now supporters can expect an electric, high-tempo, passionate affair in the 112th meeting between the teams.

A rejuvenated Scotland thrust themselves back into contention in Group D after ousting Republic of Ireland 1-0 in a gripping encounter last Friday. The win means the Tartan Army have now triumphed in six of their last 10 matches, losing just once, which puts them in great stead for Tuesday's visit of England, with Gordon Strachan's troops priced at 11/4 with Betfred to make it three wins in their last four games.

Meanwhile, the Three Lions came from behind to beat Slovenia 3-1, a result which maintained their 100% start to Group E. Since returning from a poor showing at the World Cup Roy Hodgson's men have won each of their five matches, scoring 12 goals and conceding just once in the process. This impressive string of victories means that they now head north of the border in a confident mood as the 5/4 favourites with William Hill to make it six wins on the spin.

England also enjoy a cracking recent head-to-head record against the Scots, having won six of the last eight encounters (W6 D1 L1), including last year's thrilling 3-2 victory at Wembley. The Three Lions have won both of the last two clashes by a single goal, making this outcome a tempting bet at 11/4, with a 2-1 win priced at 9/1. However, considering that four of England's last five wins have been to nil, this could prove to be the way to go at 5/2, with Bet Victor offering odds of 13/2 for the visitors to record a narrow 1-0 triumph in Glasgow.

England may have been installed as the favourites to claim all the spoils, but Scotland are in great form, with only the 2014 World Cup winners Germany defeating them in the last year. The Tartan Terriers, who will be roared on by a vociferous crowd at The Jungle, will now be looking to finish 2014 with a victory over their fiercest rivals, and have been handed odds of 19/2 to conjure up their second 1-0 victory in five days. Alternatively the hosts are worth a look at 7/1 to win and concede in the process, with a 2-1 scoreline available at 9/1.

Given the form of both teams a draw looks the best bet at 12/5 with Sky Bet. This outcome may be rare in this particular fixture, with only one of the last nine clashes ending this way, however the hostile atmosphere will act as a 12th man for the Scots, who will be confident of getting some sort of result. A scoredraw can be found at 19/5 with Betfair, with a 1-1 scoreline catching the eye at 6/1.

Both teams are expected to field different teams to those that featured in the qualifiers. Hodgson will reportedly hand striker Saido Berahino his debut, and the in-form West Brom frontman, who has seven Premier League goals this season, can be backed at 13/5 to mark the monumental occasion with a goal. Elsewhere, Rickie Lambert is priced at 11/4 to score his second goal against the Scots, while the hosts will be looking for the likes of Steven Naismith (15/4) and Chris Martin (4/1) for goals.

Scotland v England Tips

  • Tip #1: Draw @ 12/5 with Sky Bet

  • Tip #2: Under 2.5 goals @ 4/6 with Bet365

  • Tip #3: Saido Berahino to score anytime @ 13/5 with Ladbrokes

Jack Kitson
Massive Southampton fan, loving being back in the Premier League but cannot get enough football to feed my addiction.

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