Euro 2020 Today: England Look To Secure Last 16 Qualification Against Scotland

Day eight of Euro 2020 sees Scotland and England go head-to-head once again
06:55, 18 Jun 2021

Day eight of Euro 2020 marks round two of Group D with England hosting Scotland at Wembley Stadium and they could secure qualification to the knockout stages with a win, and the same applies to the Czech Republic if they can overcome Croatia at Hampden Park.

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Sweden v Slovakia – Group E

Sweden's Alexander Isak
Sweden's Alexander Isak

Where: Saint Petersburg Stadium, St Petersburg

When: Friday June 18

Kick-off time: 2pm (BST)

TV: BBC One

Referee: Daniel Siebert (GER)

Last meeting: It was back in October 2018 when these two sides last met and they contested a 1-1 draw in an international friendly with John Guidetti and Albert Rusnák on the scoresheet.

Sweden will be hoping to play with a bit more freedom after their negative, albeit strong defensive performance against Spain last time out. Young forward Alexander Isak looked promising and he could be unleashed upon a very confident Slovakia side. A victory here would give Sweden a huge platform toward qualification to the round of 16, whereas a loss would almost confirm their elimination. 

Slovakia will head into the game full of confidence at the top of the group after a well-earned victory over Poland. They are in the driving seat to secure their place in the knockout stages and victory over Sweden would confirm it. They cannot let their heads drop because Sweden have just come off the back of a strong defensive display in which they kept a clean sheet against Spain. They will be hungry to get their first victory on the board and Slovakia cannot head into the game underestimating their opponents.

Sportsman Stat: A 2-0 defeat of France at Euro 2012 is Sweden’s only victory in nine Euro finals matches (D2 L6).

Betfred Odds: You can get Sweden at a price of 17/20, a stalemate between the two sides is priced at 12/5 and for Slovakia to secure qualification to the knockout stages, Betfred are offering odds of 19/5.

 

Croatia v Czech Republic – Group D

Croatia's Luka Modric
Croatia's Luka Modric

Where: Hampden Park, Glasgow

When: Friday June 18

Kick-off time: 5pm (BST)

TV: BBC One

Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande (ESP)

Last meeting: The two sides last met in the group stage of Euro 2016 where they contested a 2-2 draw. Croatia were two goals to the good with strikes from Ivan Perišić and Ivan Rakitić before conceding two late goals as Milan Skoda and Tomas Necid earned a point for the Czech Republic.

Croatia will be looking to put their disappointing defeat against England behind them as they look to stay in the race for qualification to the knockout stages. They face a Czech Republic side who will be full of confidence after outfoxing Scotland on Monday. Croatia will need to be resilient at the back but they will need to offer more going forward if they wish to reach the round of 16.

After a clinical display against Scotland, the Czech Republic are in a great position to reach the knockout stages with a win over Croatia. With an exquisite brace to his Euro 2020 tally already, Patrik Schick will be hoping to add another to his tally as he has become an unexpected contender for the Golden Boot.

Sportsman Stat: The Czech Republic have qualified for every Euro final tournament since Czechoslovakia split in 1993.

Betfred Odds: Croatia are priced at 23/20, a draw is available at 12/5 and a Czech Republic victory is priced at 13/5.

 

England v Scotland – Group D

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Where: Wembley Stadium, London

When: Friday June 18

Kick-off time: 8pm (BST)

TV: ITV1

Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)

Last meeting: The two sides last met at Hampden Park in June 2017 for a World Cup qualifier. The match ended in a 2-2 draw with a flurry of late goals as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gave England the lead before Leigh Griffiths scored two sublime free-kicks to put Scotland in front. Harry Kane then scored a late leveller as the points were shared in Glasgow.

England could book their place in the knockout stages with victory over their northern neighbours. After a battling display and a moment of quality to defeat Croatia, England will be fired up for this occasion because of the rivalry and the incentive to not have to worry about their final game. It will be interesting how the side Gareth Southgate selects will differ from the one that faced Croatia.

Scotland will be just as pumped up for this fixture as it is a must-win for the Tartan Army who suffered an agonising setback in their defeat to the Czech Republic. After a positive performance, Scotland were left to rue their missed chances while they were on the front foot and they were undone by two moments of quality.

Sportsman Stat: Scotland have never made it past the group stage of their Euro or World Cup campaigns (10 in total).

Betfred Odds: England are priced at 1/3, a draw between the two sides is available at 9/2 and a Scotland shock is priced at 9/1.

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