We’re looking forward to this friendly match at Hampden Park, Glasgow, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the oldest international match, with our Scotland v England prediction and preview.
Scotland vs England: quick hits
- England are set to become the first European nation to win 600 international matches in this match against Scotland. The Opta supercomputer gives them a 53.6% chance of victory on Tuesday evening.
- This match comes 150 years and 286 days after the first international meeting between England and Scotland in November 1872.
- Scotland have won five consecutive matches while scoring two goals in each game for the first time since November 1949.
Neighbors England and Scotland meet on Tuesday evening in this international match at Hampden Park to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first meeting between the two nations on November 30, 1872, 150 years and 286 days before the date of this match.
England boss Gareth Southgate hopes his side will improve on their performance from Saturday’s Euro 2024 qualifier against Ukraine, which they drew 1-1 after falling behind. Kyle Walker scored his first international goal for England on his 77th appearance. He became the 450th player to score for the men’s national team, his goal ending the longest wait for a first goal of all.
If England win this match, it will be their 600th international victory and they will become the first European nation to reach this total.
Scotland enjoyed an excellent 3-0 away win in Cyprus at the weekend, with all three goals coming in the first half hour. Steve Clarke’s side have now won all five of their Euro 2024 qualifiers and are top of Group A ahead of Spain and Norway.
According to the latest FIFA rankings, England are currently the fourth best team in men’s international football behind Argentina (1st), France (2nd) and Brazil (3rd). Scotland, in comparison, are ranked 30th and are UEFA’s 17th highest nation in the rankings.
Head to head Scotland vs England
This is the 116th meeting between the two old rivals, with 48 wins for England, 41 wins for Scotland and 26 draws previously. The first meeting in 1872 ended in a goalless draw.
England have played more matches against Scotland than against any other nation (115), but their total of 48 wins is fewer than against Wales (69 in 104 matches).
England have lost just one of their last 12 matches against Scotland (W8 D3), a 1-0 home defeat in a European Championship qualifying play-off match . The Three Lions are unbeaten in four at Hampden Park (W2 D2) since a 1-0 defeat in May 1985.
The last meeting between England and Scotland took place at Wembley Stadium in June 2021, during the group stage of the 2020 UEFA European Championship. The match ended 0–0 and the Scotland attempted more shots (11) and shots on target (2) than England (9 and 1).
England’s 1-1 draw against Ukraine in Poland on Saturday ended a streak of four successive victories, while also ending a run of three clean sheets in a row. The Three Lions are now unbeaten in five international matches, since their 2-1 defeat to France in the quarter-final of the 2022 World Cup.
Gareth Southgate’s side have only managed to score in one of their last 11 matches – a 0-0 draw against the United States at the 2022 World Cup in November. They have conceded just one first-half goal in two of their last 12 matches in all competitions, although one of those was their 1-1 draw against Ukraine last time out. They last conceded in the first 45 minutes in back-to-back matches in October 2020 (against Belgium and Denmark).
Scotland are in excellent form ahead of this meeting with their local international rivals. They have won 15 of their last 21 matches in all competitions (3 draws, 3 losses), winning the last five games in a row while scoring at least two goals each time. Their home form has been equally impressive, losing just one of their last 19 home games in all competitions (W14, D4), winning the last six in a row. They last had a longer home winning streak between August 1995 and April 1997, a run of seven matches.
Two players who could feature among the goals in this match are Scotland’s Scott McTominay and England’s Harry Kane.
Manchester United midfielder McTominay has scored in his last three home matches for Scotland, netting five goals. The last player to score in four consecutive home matches for the Tartan Army was Kris Boyd in September 2007, who scored in each of his first four home caps.
Kane has been involved in 30 goals in his last 28 appearances for England, scoring 24 and assisting six. He could become the first regular England captain to score in more than one match against Scotland, having previously scored against them in June 2017.
Scotland vs England Prediction
England are tipped to win this match by supercomputer Opta, with a 53.6% chance of victory before kick-off on Tuesday evening.
Despite Scotland’s excellent form of late, the Opta prediction gives them just over a one in five chance of winning (21.7%), with the draw having a 24.7% chance.
Scotland vs England Teams
Scotland: Angus Gunn, Robby McCrorie, Zander Clark, Aaron Hickey, Andrew Robertson, John Souttar, Kieran Tierney, Jack Hendry, Ryan Porteous, Scott McKenna, Nathan Patterson, Scott McTominay, John McGinn, Callum McGregor, Billy Gilmour, Stuart Armstrong, Lewis Ferguson , Ryan Jack, Kenny McLean, Lyndon Dykes, Ché Adams, Ryan Christie, Kevin Nisbet, Lawrence Shankland.
England: Jordan Pickford, Sam Johnstone, Aaron Ramsdale, Kyle Walker, Harry Maguire, Kieran Trippier, Ben Chilwell, Marc Guéhi, Fikayo Tomori, Lewis Dunk, Levi Colwill, Jordan Henderson, Declan Rice, Kalvin Phillips, Jude Bellingham, Conor Gallagher, Harry Kane , Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Phil Foden, Callum Wilson, James Maddison, Eberechi Eze, Eddie Nketiah.