James has also provided the following detail for each of the legs in his bet builder, which you can also back as singles through oddschecker at a guaranteed best price. 

Germany to Win

I just couldn’t resist adding a home win to beef up this Bet Builder. Whilst the Germans are not in the best form (five wins, two draws and three defeats in their last 10 matches), I would be amazed if they slip up against Scotland. 

For one thing, home advantage tips the scales heavily in Germany’s favour: their players and fans will be right up for this one, and they will know that an opening day win is important if they are to progress far in this tournament, which they certainly have the players to do. 

As important as that home advantage is, this is a Scotland side that don’t always travel well: from 2022 onwards, the Scots have played 12 times away from home and won just four of them. 

Not the worst record, but those wins came against an Armenian side who eventually went down to nine men, a late smash and grab against Norway, and unconvincing wins against minnows Cyprus and Gibraltar. 

Scotland were routed by France and the Netherlands in that time, conceding four goals to each of them, whilst needing a last minute equaliser to draw against an ordinary Georgia side, and going down 2-0 to Spain too.

Germany will play a mixture of youth and experience here, and they have an exciting line-up if everything clicks for them.

Kieran Tierney Over 0.5 Fouls

Predominantly a left back by trade, Kieran Tierney will start at left centre back for Scotland as he always does, with Andy Robertson first choice in the left wing back position.

Whilst he is known for his defensive solidity, the on loan Arsenal defender was deployed at centre back just four times for Real Sociedad last season, for a total of 184 minutes. In that time, he committed two fouls at a rate of one foul every 92 minutes. 

When deployed at left back, his foul count drops significantly, committing just seven fouls in that position across his entire club season, at a rate of one foul every 178 minutes.

It is also important to note that Real Sociedad were one of the stronger teams in the division, coming sixth in the table and thus committing less fouls on average than the teams finishing lower down.

Scotland will very much be underdogs in this one, and Tierney is likely to see a lot more action, directly up against the likes of Musiala and Havertz.

John McGinn Over 0.5 Shots On Target

With regular striker Lyndon Dykes out, a lot of Scotland’s attacking impetus will fall on Premier League midfielders John McGinn and Scott McTominay.

Che Adams will lead the line, but with just two goals for Scotland since 2022, it is likely he will try to play more of a supporting role, with runs down the channel to hold the ball up for runners into the box.

This is where McGinn comes into his own. His nine goals for Aston Villa last season was not a bad return, but his goalscoring for Scotland is even more impressive, with 11 goals from midfield in his last 37 appearances. 

At the very least, I would expect a shot on target from McGinn here. He has managed at least one shot on target in three of his last four competitive matches for Scotland.