Euro 2020: How Scotland can qualify for Round of 16?

Croatia vs Scotland Predictions

The European Championship, Euro 2020, is slowly reaching the fag end of the group stage. Few teams have already qualified whereas few teams are dependent on other results to get qualified as the third best team. On Tuesday, the teams in Group D will play their final game. England are up against Czech Republic whereas Scotland are up against Croatia. In this article, we will discuss how Scotland can qualify for Round of 16 in Euro 2020.

Scotland are in the last position on the points table of Group D. With only one point in Group D with a negative goal difference, they are set to play Croatia in their last group game. It is a crucial game for both sides and will aim for the win. As Scotland are in the tournament after two decades, all onus will be on them to qualify for the next round.

Team NameMatches PlayedGoal differencePoints
Czech Republic224
Czech Republic221

From the current standings, we know that Scotland are in a disadvantaged position. However, they still have a small window of opportunity to qualify for Round of 16 directly. No, I am not just raising the hopes but I am speaking facts. Let’s check it out here.

How Scotland can qualify for Round of 16?

How Scotland can qualify for Round of 16?
How Scotland can qualify for Round of 16: Can a win put them to the next round?

There is only one way possible through which the Andy Robertson led side qualify. With both England and Czech Republic having four points in their kitty from two games, Scotland need a win to have any chance to seek a light of hope. A draw between England and Czech Republic will eventually spoil the mood in the Steve Clarke’s camp..

If England wins the game, Scotland will fall short as Czech Republic have a better head to head record in Euro 2020.Czech Republic defeated them and will put Czech Republic in to the next round even if both teams end up with same number of points. However, a win to Czech Republic can prove to be a glimmer of hope for Andy Robertson’s side.

England have a positive goal difference of +1 whereas Scotland have a negative goal difference of -2. Scotland have to ensure a win with atleast a margin of two goals if they are to have any chance. Also, if England loses by more than a goal, it would amplify their chances to qualify for Round of 16.

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