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Germany v Scotland and Serbia v England: Chris Sutton’s Euro 2024 score predictions

Sutton's Euro 2024 predictions

Munich / Friday, 14 June / 20:00 BST

I am on this game for BBC Radio 5 Live and I am not sure what to expect from Germany.

There is still an expectation about them at this tournament because they are the hosts, but I don’t sense there is any arrogance or belief from their fans that they are going to win these Euros.

A draw would be a disaster for them, and that is not being disrespectful to Scotland. What I mean is that Germany are desperate to get off to a flying start, like they did when they were the home side at the 2006 World Cup, to get the country behind them.

I have a feeling Germany will get over the line here, but I think it might be a struggle. People will look at Scotland’s recent run of one win in nine games, but Steve Clarke took on some difficult friendlies for a reason, to test his team. I actually like that mindset, even if they ended up losing to France, the Netherlands and England.

In qualifying they were brilliant, but injuries mean they have got a few decisions to make. Up front, for example, do they go with Che Adams or Lawrence Shankland? Adams is a better all-round centre-forward but Shankland is a lethal finisher.

Scotland have some issues at the back too. They are strong in midfield, where their players have all had good seasons, but they will have to be brave on the ball and take chances when they come around.

If they do that, you never know, but it is going to be very difficult for them to get anything out of this game or get out of this group.

Sutton’s prediction: 2-0

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