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England v Scotland: Score draws becoming Hodgson’s hallmark

| 14.08.2013

The Three Lions have lacked bite as well as cohesion in recent times and this means the Tartan Army can leave Wembley with heads held high.

The most historic rivalry in international football will be resurrected at Wembley after a 14-year gap and while all pre-match chatter naturally focuses on the future of Wayne Rooney, England’s poor performances on the pitch of late will be largely overlooked.

Despite recording a draw against Brazil in the Maracana last time around, the 2-2 scoreline papered over the cracks of a third straight disjointed performance from Hodgson’s men, which followed a disappointing draw at home to Republic of Ireland where creativity was in scant supply.

Conversely, Gordon Strachan’s Scotland side come south of the border buoyed by a brilliant result in Zagreb in June, where they beat joint Group A leaders Croatia 1-0 in World Cup qualification, a side rated fourth best on the planet by Fifa at the time.

With that result to build on, the Scot’s securing a draw at odds of 7/2 appear worthy of consideration, while grabbing the score draw at 17/4 is made even more appealing by the fact England have kept just two clean sheets in their last nine matches; both against San Marino.

The hosts’ inability to shut-out the opposition also makes the 20/21 on both teams to score an attractive covering punt.

England are likely to have the lion’s share of possession however and if recent friendly games at Wembley are anything to go by, then they should grab a goal in the first half – having notched before the break in their last four at their spiritual home.

Interestingly, the last three of those England goals have arrived between the 20th and 30th minute, so it may well be worth having a pop at 11/2 that the Three Lions’ first goal arrives in this time bracket again.

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Alex Fortune