This weekend sees the return of international football, a strange time to play as it probably falls right in the middle of any holidays booked by the players. I’m sure some players would rather be doing other things, but the games are important in the race for places at the World Cup.
England make the short journey up to rivals Scotland as they look to continue their good run. England are top of Group F, winning four out of their five games and drawing the other. What has been impressive so far from England is that they have yet to concede a goal and I am sure they will fancy bagging another clean sheet against Scotland on Saturday.
They have the ability to beat Scotland, as they showed in their 3-0 victory over them at Wembley, but one thing Scotland will enjoy is the atmosphere created by their fans, that will test England.
Scotland will be desperate to get one over on their local rivals this weekend, even more so because of the nature of their defeat at Wembley. The bigger picture for Scotland is just as important, they are two points behind Slovakia who currently sit in second place at the halfway stage. Qualifying for the World Cup looks a long way off at the moment for them, but any points they pick up against England will really help their cause.
If the two teams involved didn’t have a long history of being rivals, I would be confident of an England win here. However, that rivalry, the hostile atmosphere and the timing of the game all give Scotland a chance of causing an upset.
They will throw everything at England and if they can get on top early, they have a great chance of upsetting their neighbours.