Saturday 10th June 2017
Since the first meeting in November 1872, there have been 113 official matches between the oldest rivals in world football. England just about hold the upper hand with 48 wins against Scotland’s 41. Whilst that first meeting 145 years ago in Glasgow ended in a reportedly dull 0-0 draw, there have been many, many memorable matches played since.
Those North of the border will have fond memories of famous victories in 1928, 1967 and 1977, whilst England fans will be more focussed on the matches from 1961, 1996 and most recently November 2016. Interestingly however, all these matches were at Wembley and so what influence will the Hampden effect have on this Saturday’s result.
In fact, you have to go back to May 1985 and the rejigged Home Championship (the Rous Cup) to find the last time that Scotland registered a home win at Hampden Park. The only other ‘competitive’ match between the two countries in Glasgow was the first leg of the play offs for Euro 2000 which ended in a fairly comfortable 2-0 victory for the English. Scotland went on to record a 1-0 victory at Wembley on the following Wednesday, but it was England take their place in Holland/Belgium the following summer.
In the corresponding fixture at Wembley last November goals from Sturridge, Lallana and Cahill ensured an easy night for the home team, so will this Saturday be any different? Whilst both sets of supporters are convinced that the result will go their way, the odds do seem to be favouring the rose over the thistle.
Such are the vagaries of football, it may well be that the best value and indeed fun may be found in the vast array of other bets and free bets available. First and last goal scorer punts can always provide some quality entertainment, whilst many odds on live events during the match will be available via a number of in-running operators.
So if you do bet on the match, enjoy the options whilst betting sensibly. If you don’t, just sit back and watch history in the making. Either way it is going to be a great evening and kick off can’t come quickly enough.