James McFadden Backs Scotland To ‘Go Deep’ At Euro 2020
- Scotland are playing their first major tournament since 1998
- James McFadden backing Scots to reach knockouts for the first time
- Ladbrokes disagree and are 4/7 for another group stage exit for Scotland
Scotland are back in a major tournament for the first time in 23 years and former star James McFadden is not expecting an early exit.
The Scots are set to face the Czech Republic on Monday afternoon – their first match at a major international tournament since the 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Morocco at the 1998 World Cup.
McFadden is confident that they are not just there to make up the numbers though.
While speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at the launch of their new European Championships 5-a-side Bet, ‘Faddy’ suggested this current crop could become the first Scottish squad to get past the group stage at a major tournament.
“Scotland generally always win a group game, which could be enough in this tournament because of how qualification works,” he said.
“We've got two home games, if we can get off to a good start, then it gives us a great chance within the group. When you get out of the group, you just never know. I'm confident we'll do well.
“If we can get a favourable draw early on, I don't see why we can't progress deep into this competition. We've shown we're difficult to beat, we've shown that we're good on penalties, not every nation is.”
Ladbrokes do not quite share McFadden’s confidence, going odds-on at 4/7 that Scotland are eliminated from Euro 2020 at the group stage.
The Scots are 11/5 to bow out in the last-16, 8/1 to fall in the quarter-finals and 28/1 to return home as heroes after the semi-finals.
It is 66/1 that they make it to the final only to lose, and 200/1 that Scotland complete a fairytale return to the big time by going all of the way and winning Euro 2020.