Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Kane in the Neck; Hotshot Harry's the Man to Watch as England Try to Make Scots Suffer

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Kane in the Neck; Hotshot Harry's the Man to Watch as England Try to Make Scots Suffer

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Byline: MR FIXIT PAUL JAIN@MRFIXITSTIPS

SCOTLAND must beat the Auld Enemy to keep their World Cup hopes alives but could face a Kaning.

I'd love to tip Gordon Strachan's side to win - or even draw - but my heart says we're not good enough.

My two main reasons for pessimism are: 1, We don't score enough and 2, We concede too many. It's a combo that's a recipe for disaster.

Victory over Slovenia last time out was welcome and helped by Strachan picking the core of Celtic's treble-winning side but England are a step up.

And while all Scots will be up for this one the English have embraced it since the fixture was revived after an absence of 14 years.

They won friendlies in 2013 and 2014 and spanked us 3-0 at Wembley in last year's World Cup clash.

No wonder bookies have Gareth Southgate's men at a best 8-11 (William Hill) to win with Scotland as big as 5-1 at Unibet. The draw pays 11-4 with betfair.

Patriotic punters will stick fivers and tenners on that but nationalism doesn't pay the bills.

The striker Scotland will have to fear is Harry Kane who banged in seven goals in two games in the final five days of the Premier League campaign.

Our only hope is he and his fellow millionaires have enjoyed their holidays too much and aren't yet back in full working mode.

Kane is my tip to score first at 19-5 with McBookie and he is 13-10 to net. His Spurs team-mate Dele Alli will also have to be watched and he is 13-2 and 12-5 at McBookie respectively.

The Premier League's Golden Boot winner says he fancies a hat-trick and that pays 35-1 with William Hill.

If you're looking for a bigger price you could do worse than back Gary Cahill. The centre-half is a regular contributor for Chelsea and netted the third at Wembley last year. He is 33-1 with Paddy Power to score first and 13-1 to net at any time.

Scotland's hopes up top will rest on Leigh Griffiths. He puts in a decent shift but no goals in 12 internationals is a worry. …

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