England and Scotland lock horns at Wembley on Friday and the hosts should prove too strong.
England v Scotland - Friday 19:45, ITV
Gareth Southgate enters his third game as England boss hoping for a better result than the disappointing stalemate away to Slovenia last time out. Whilst the new coach’s start has been underwhelming, many fans were encouraged by the absence of Wayne Rooney from the starting 11, though Dele Alli’s injury may provide a route back into the team for the captain. Daniel Sturridge has started both of Southgate’s games in charge so far, but with little game time at Liverpool and Harry Kane making a scoring return from injury he may well find himself on the bench.
Scotland have been poor recently, with their only win in their last five matches against minnows Malta. They lost three of the other four in this sequence, only managing a solitary goal in the process. Gordon Strachan has been boosted by the quick return from injury of Robert Snodgrass, and Scott Brown’s decision to reverse his international retirement. However, at left-back they have a problem after injuries to both Kieran Tierney and Andy Robertson.
England have conceded in just one of their last five matches, and despite the defence often being cited as one of England’s weak spots in recent times, at home they’ve generally been quite impressive. They’ve won 13 of their last 14 at Wembley, keeping a clean sheet in 10 of these. Six of their last seven matches against Scotland have seen the Three Lions emerge victorious, and as the Scots have failed to score in three of their last four road games we’ll back an England win to nil.