UEFA Euro 2020 qualifications / England vs Kosovo – Hardly anyone could predict that these two teams will play the most interesting match of the round, or more precisely, it was expected that England will occupy the first place but no one expected Kosovo at the second. It was especially not expected that the Kosovars will be undefeated after four matches and will have just one point fewer than England, although from one more played match. This is going to be their first ever match.
Game England vs Kosovo begins 10.09.2019 at 20:45 CET
The English continued with good games in these qualifications and even Bulgaria could defend itself. True, it wasn’t expected that England will drop points against Bulgaira at Wembley, although the guests had several chances when England had 1-0 lead. After that the match unfolded in the expected way and it ended as 4-0 victory for the English. H .Kane scored two of his three goals from penalties, however, this does not diminish the value of victory, the third one in a row with 14 goals scored in total. Manager Southgate cannot count on several players but it's not a big problem for such a strong team. He will now certainly refresh the team a bit compared to match with Bulgaria.
Probable lineups England: Pickford – Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Maguire, Chilwell – Winks, Rice, Barkley – Sancho, H. Kane, Rashford
Kosovo is perhaps the most pleasant surprise of these qualifications. The team that not too long ago played its first qualifications and was an easy opponent for everyone has turned into a very uncomfortable rival and all the teams in this group experienced it firsthand except England. They will face them for the first time, in a situation where they occupy the 2nd place in the table and are still undefeated. Their unbeaten streak started with two draws with Bulgaria and Montenegro, and then they won the Bulgarians and repeated that against the Czech Republic. The Kosovars were trailing behind in both those matches but the managed to turn the result up-side down. It should be said that Kosovo scored at least by one goal in all matches played so far. Kosovo will play this match without Werder’s forward Rashice.
Probable lineups Kosovo: Muric – Vojvoda, Rrahmani, Aliti, Hadergjonaj – Halimi, Voca – Zhegrova, Celina, V. Berisha – Muriqi
Betting Pick: England vs Kosovo
Although Kosovo is a pleasant surprise it is clear that the English are absolute favourites to win. It will be interesting to see can Kosovo score in this match too, but we in any case we expect to see plenty of them, even if all of them finish in the guests’ goal.
Pick: Over 3 goals
Odds: 1.68 at bethard (down to 1.58 can be played)
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