England take on neighbours Scotland at Wembley Stadium in one of three exciting Euro 2020 match ups on Friday.
Sweden vs Slovakia – 3pm
Sweden were on the back foot for large parts of their goalless draw against Spain but managed to eke out a point. That point means that a win in St Petersburg on Friday will ensure a safe passage into the next phase of Euro 2020.
Ties against Slovakia have been kind to Sweden with two wins and three draws in their last five outings.
Slovakia will be raring to go after their impressive opener against Poland where they churned out a 2-1 win.
For Sweden, it will be about giving Alexander Isak enough chances in the final third. Key to limiting the Swedes from getting good attacking opportunities will be whether Marek Hamsik shakes off his injury concerns.
Croatia vs Czech Republic – 6pm
Something has to give when Croatia face the Czech Republic at Hampden Park in Scotland.
The Croats lost out to England and a loss in this tie will end their campaign. It has been a barren run for them as they have now accumulated just two wins from their last 10 games in all competitions.
The poor form of Croatia means the Czech Republic could end a hoodoo of their own; they have not won in three tries against Croatia. Crucially Luka Modric seems likely to be declared fit to face the Czechs.
The last match featuring these two units saw an entertaining 2-2 draw at Euro 2016.
England vs Scotland – 9pm
England’s Three Lions got off to a near perfect start when they edged World Cup finalists Croatia 1-0 on Sunday. That win means that another three points will ensure their qualification and another step in the right direction for Gareth Southgate.
While the English dugout will be positive heading into Friday’s late kick-off, Steve Clarke’s Scots will be anxious. They succumbed 2-0 to the Czech Republic and now have a mountain to climb.
While England were having their praises sung for their defeat of Croatia, they will be wary of Scotland following the 2017 draw when the sides last might. During the 2018 World Cup qualifying, Scotland held England with both sides scoring twice.
England will be keen to introduce Luke Shaw into the starting lineup with Jack Grealish and Shaw’s United teammate Harry Maguire likely to get some minutes as replacements. It will be a surprise if Raheem Sterling doesn’t continue alongside Phil Foden and Harry Kane in attack.
Everything points to an England win and more heartbreak for Scotland.