Guess Scotland’s Euro 2024 fate with our European Championship predictor tool

John McGinn, Lawrence Shankland and Andy Robertson prepare for Friday’s opener. Credit SNS John McGinn, Lawrence Shankland and Andy Robertson prepare for Friday’s opener. Credit SNS
John McGinn, Lawrence Shankland and Andy Robertson prepare for Friday’s opener. Credit SNS | SNS Group
How Scotland’s tournament could unfold as Steve Clarke’s men bid to make history

Scotland have their work cut out for them in group A after a disastrous opening match of Euro 2024 against hosts Germany in Munich, but with three sides from each group potentially progressing, knock-out stage football is still very much a possibility for Steve Clarke’s men.

Predict how the team will get on in their second group match, as they try to become the first men’s Scotland team to progress to the knock-out stages of a major tournament, using our interactive predictor tool.

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Fresh from their final warm-up game against Finland at Hampden, Clarke’s side arrived in Germany on Sunday in good spirits. The 5-1 defeat on Friday evening was a sobering reminder that mistakes are punished severely in top-level football.

Hopes of the party continuing into July depend on the team’s ability to rack up the points in their remaining group A fixtures and progress to the last 16.

Group A winners will set-up a head to head with the second placed side from group C - potentially Serbia, Denmark, Slovenia, or England. This will seem an unlikely outcome for Scotland to anyone who endured the torid 90 minutes of the opening fixture. Clarke must now pick up his players and instil a belief that a second placed finish is still a possibility.

“We will go away and analyse the game as we always do and work on Switzerland and the shape of the team,” he said post match on Friday.

Shipping five goals in the opening game is not the start Scotland fans were wanting, but it need not be the killer blow to tartan army hopes that it seems. For this tournament, goal difference is not the first determining factor should group competitors tie on equal points.

If Scotland are tied with another side (or sides) after their final group match against Hungary on 23 June, head-to-head results will be the first factor considered in determining the final group table. After that, goal difference in head-to-head matches and number of goals scored in head-to-head matches are compared. Only then does overall goal difference in the group become a factor.

Finishing runners up would see Scotland square off against the number two team from group B, while finishing third might be good enough to see Scotland progress, depending on other results. Two sides finishing in third place will not make it to the knock-out stages, with only the four best third-placed teams reaching the last 16.

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