Michael Owen forecasts 'entertaining' England vs Scotland showdown - delivers score prediction

The former Three Lions striker has backed Gareth Southgate’s men to do the business against the Tartan Army at Wembley.

Gareth Southgate, Head Coach of England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Michael Owen has predicted that Scotland’s lack of firepower could be a deciding factor when they face England on Friday evening.

The two home nations face off for the first time in major tournament since 1996, with the hosts knowing that a win would all but guarantee them a spot in the knockout rounds of Euro 2020.

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For Steve Clarke’s side, defeat would leave their hopes of progression looking incredibly precarious, but while Owen expects them to take the game to England, the ex-Liverpool forward has argued that a lack of quality in attacking areas could cost them.

Speaking to BetVictor, he said: “At times it wasn’t pretty, but England got the job done against Croatia on Sunday. It was a mature performance and we must bear in mind that in any tournament, it is all about peaking at the right time, so there’s no harm in 1-0 wins at this stage.

“For Scotland, overall, they played well against the Czech’s. They certainly had enough chances to win the match, but their lack of firepower up top is a real cause for concern.

“I’m really looking forward to this. I expect Scotland to have a go and be positive. I can’t see Steve Clarke instructing his side to sit in as they don’t have enough to execute a clinical counter-attack.

“This means we could be in for an entertaining match, but I do feel it’ll be England who take the points. It’s 2-0 to the Three Lions for me.”