Euro 2020: Stepping Stones…

Friday’s football in the European Championships is all about the clash between England and Scotland, the oldest international fixture in the world.

The two teams enter the match in very different circumstances – England produced a mature display to see off Croatia in their opening game of the competition, while Scotland lost 2-0 to the Czech Republic, a team they had banked on defeating to progress given they then have to play the two highest ranked teams in the group.

The Scots are sure to try to disrupt England’s rhythm at every opportunity, but they also need to take whatever chances they do create to win the game, and that has proved troublesome of late.

England. similarly, didn’t create that many goalscoring chances against Croatia, but continue to look dangerous via set pieces. Mason Mount took their one corner in that game, and has looked dangerous in open play. We’ll take the 100/30 on offer than he assisting in the scoring of a goal.

Additionally, there is talk that defensive kingpin Harry Maguire will return to the side after injury for this clash. If this is the case his sheer presence in the opposing penalty area will attract defensive attention. This could leave space for his central defender partner John Stones, a player that scored two memorable headed goals in the 2018 World Cup. We’ll take a chance a 20/1 that he scores a header.

Recommendations:

Mount (England) to assist a goal, 1 pt, at 100/30, Paddy Power

Stones (England) to score a header, 1 pt, at 20/1, SkyBet

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