Euro 2020 Daily Report: England have Auld Enemy in their sights

England manager Gareth Southgate
Gareth Southgate's England can qualify for the Round of 16 with a win

England face Scotland in their 100th competitive meeting. Victory for the Three Lions will see them through while a Scottish win will boost their chances. Here's how the markets are looking ahead of the eighth day of the Euros.

"The stage is set for England's young Lions Phil Foden and Mason Mount to enhance their growing reputation. Foden can be backed at 5.69/2 to be named the tournament's best young player while Mount is 5.95/1"

Wembley set for new hero to emerge

Paul Gascoigne only scored one goal at a major tournament, but what a goal it was. After the four goals scored in the 1966 World Cup final, his strike against Scotland at Euro 1996 is perhaps the most watched goal scored by the Three Lions in tournament football. It's a goal any football purist loves to watch...unless they support Scotland.

The Scots have been constantly reminded of that goal and the 'Dentist Chair' celebration for 25 years, but the one way to stop that clip from being shown over and over again, is to create a similar memory of their own. That's easier said than done as England have kept six clean sheets in their last seven matches.

Write the Scots off at your peril. Steve Clarke's side know they have no option but to take the game to England. Don't be surprised if Scotland get under the skins of their hosts and knock them out of their stride as that might be their best chance of winning. Beating England on their own turf to progress out of a group stage for the first time in 11 attempts will make these Scots legends.

Raheem Sterling was directly involved in 15 of England's 37 goals in qualifying, scoring eight times and providing seven assists

England, who beat Croatia 1-0 thanks to Raheem Sterling's goal, will look to play the game and not the occasion in order to keep their qualification hopes on track. Backing England (3/10) to win offers little value so maybe betting England to win to nil at 5/6 is a bet to consider. Scotland supporters will surely back their heroes at 10/1 to make history and win.

Gareth Southgate's side were one of the pre-tournament favourites at 5/1 and they can be backed at 8.07/1 to win their first ever European Championship. Scotland will want to avoid finishing bottom of Group D which is 1.364/11 on the exchange. Scotland to qualify for the Round of 16 is available at 9/2 on the sportsbook.

England versus Scotland is the oldest fixture in international football and this is the chance for a new hero to emerge. The stage is set for England's young Lions Phil Foden and Mason Mount to enhance their growing reputations. Foden can be backed at 5.69/2 to be named the tournament's best young player while Mount is 5.95/1.

Read Paul Higham's preview and tips for England v Scotland here

Czechs look to repeat their Hampden heroics

The Czech Republic go into their second group game leading the table on goal difference after their 2-0 win over Scotland at Hampden Park on Monday. That game will be remembered for Patrik Schick's 50-yard goal which will be one of the lasting memories of this tournament. The Czechs were 100/1 long shots before the tournament started and thanks to Schick's double, his side's odds are slightly better at 90/1.

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A win against Croatia will reduce those odds further, so if you fancy the Czechs, now is the time to back them, even as an each way bet. If Croatia play the way did against England in their opener, then the Czechs will be good value at 5/2 to make it back-to-back wins while Croatia are 5/4 to get their first win at the Euros. The draw is available at 23/10.

What are we to make of Croatia? Placed 14th in FIFA's latest rankings, they offered very little at Wembley and perhaps Sunday's defeat exposed how badly this current squad of players are ageing. The beaten finalists at the 2018 World Cup could manage just one shot on target against England. Losing game one is not the end of their tournament, but it puts more pressure on Zlatko Dalic's side to win their final two games.

Croatia can be backed at 1.4840/85 to qualify from Group D but those odds will increase drastically if they fail to win this contest. Reaching the quarter-finals remains their primary goal and they are 6/4 to achieve that. The Czech Republic are 7/2 to make the last eight.

Read Paul Higham's preview and tips for Croatia v Czech Republic here

Sweden need to be expansive against Slovakia

Slovakia are the surprise leaders of Group E after the opening round of matches thanks to their 2-1 win over Poland on Monday. Okay, the Poles made life easy for their opponents by receiving the tournament's first red card, shown to Grzegorz Krychowiak in the 62nd minute. Slovakia were 20/1 to top Group E before beating Swedenand those odds have since reduced to 5/1.

Sweden managed to take a point from their opening game with Spain despite having just 25% possession

Can Slovakia stay top of the table? Possibly. Swedenshowed very little to strike fear in the hearts of the Slovaks. The Swedes had the lowest possession percentage of any team in their opening match (15%) and officially they failed to register a shot on target. A Spanish clearance hitting the post was the closest they came to scoring.

Slovakia at 15/4 are certainly worth considering in this match while Sweden start as 10/11 favourites with the draw available at 23/10. A draw in St Petersburg would favour Slovakia and help them achieve their first goal of getting out of the group which is priced at 3/10.

If both these teams do reach the knockout stage, their sights will be set on making the quarters, but that means winning their Round of 16 tie. Slovakia can be backed at 6.25/1 to be one of the last eight teams standing while the Swedes are 3.185/40 to reach the quarter-finals.

Read Mark O'Haire's preview and tips for Sweden v Slovakia here

Belgium qualify thanks to de Bruyne's magic

At half-time of Belgium second group game against Denmark in Copenhagen, Belgium's critics had their knives out ready to write off their chances of winning Euro 2020. But the interval introduction of Kevin de Bruyne turned the game on its head as the Red Devils won 2-1.

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It was the first game of Euro 2020 that a team had won after conceding the opening goal which was priced at 11/1 on the sportsbook. That opening goal, scored by Yussuf Poulsen after just 99 seconds, was the second fastest goal scored in the history of the European Championships. But de Bruyne provided the assist for Thorgan Hazard to level before scoring the winner in a wonderful cameo.

The first half highlighted Belgium's defensive weaknesses that could be exploited by future opponents while their second half display showed why Roberto Martinez's side are ranked number one in the world. Yesterday, de Bruyne was 16/1 to be named Player of the Tournament. The Manchester City midfield maestro can now be backed at 10.519/2 on the exchange.

Belgium may have to rely on their star forwards to lead them to glory this summer and with five goals to their name, the Belgians are 3.55/2 to be the tournament's highest scoring team.

Memphis makes Austria De-pay the penalty

It didn't take the Netherlands long to take control of their second group game against Austria with Memphis Depay converting an 11th minute penalty. It was only the second successful spot kick from six taken in the tournament so far. Denzel Dumfries completed the scoring midway through the second half.

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Depay is the focal point of this Dutch side and his spot kick was the 49th goal the Lyon forward has been directly involved in for his country. It was his 27th goal to go alongside the 22 assists he has and after qualifying for the knockout stage, more involvements are possible in this tournament.

Despite being the third nation to qualify for the Round of 16, the odds for the Dutch to go on and win the tournament remain at 12/1, the same odds they were before the competition started. They can be backed at 2.486/4 to reach the semi-finals.

At each major competition, the organisers put together their team of the tournament, and Dutch defender Denzel Dumfries is certainly his way into that line-up. The PSV man failed to score in his first 19 internationals, but made it back-to-back games with a goal against Austria.

Austria can still qualify for the knockout stage and a draw with Ukraine will see both nations make it through. Both sides have shown glimpses of what they can do, but elimination at the first knockout stage seems likely for both. Austria are 2/5 to fail in the Round of 16 while Ukraine are 4/11 to lose at the same stage.

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