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England v Kosovo preview, prediction and odds

England v Kosovo preview, prediction and odds
England v Kosovo preview, prediction and odds September 8, 2019 September 12, 2019 David Nugent
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On Tuesday night, England host Kosovo at Wembley, as the Three Lions look to continue their perfect record in qualifying for Euro 2020.

England (Odds 1/20 for victory)

As expected England have been the dominant team in Group A of qualifying. Gareth Southgate’s team have won all three of their qualifiers so far, with the last of those wins coming in a 4-0 home mauling of Bulgaria on Saturday evening.

The victory means that the Three Lions have scored at these four goals in all three of their Euro 2020 qualifiers so far. It also means that they have conceded just one goal in qualifying so far.

England’s performance in Group A will have come as little surprise considering their recent record in qualifying, as the Three Lions have won their last 13 qualifiers for the European Championships.

They have been superior to their opponents at both ends of the pitch in those victories, as the Three Lions have scored at least twice in 11 of those 13 victories while keeping clean sheets in six of their last seven qualifiers. In short, England dominated their group rivals in qualifying.

Unsurprisingly considering the above stats, England have won their last eight qualifiers on home soil, scoring at least twice in seven of those eight victories. They are once favourites to record a home win over the minnows of Kosovo on Tuesday night.

England boss Gareth Southgate is expected to make changes to his starting line-up, with the likes of James Maddison and Aaron Wan-Bissaka hoping to make international debuts. Starlet Jadon Sancho may also return to the starting eleven.

Kosovo (Odds of 50/1 for victory)

Kosovo have emerged as potentially one of the surprise packages of the group. The visitors head into this game on the back of a four-game unbeaten run in qualifying and are second place in the group, just a point behind England.

Their good start to qualifying should not be a shock, as the visitors are now 15 games unbeaten in the international game. A trip to Wembley may well be a step too far for the visitors.

The run is extraordinary considering that Kosovo only gained UEFA and FIFA official membership in 2016. They have overcome some woeful early results to produce a promising Euro 2020 qualification campaign.

The visitors are unbeaten in their last six international matches, after a rough start on their travels. A victory against group favourites and leaders England would go down as a massive shock.

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Prediction

This is a classic David vs Goliath clash. However, Kosovo have proven that they are no pushovers in recent years. They have held their own against much more established football nations.

In fact, their performances so far have given the visitors a real chance of qualifying for their first-ever major international tournament. It seems unlikely that England will drop enough points for Kosovo to win the group. However, they have certainly given themselves a good chance of finishing in second place.

Unfortunately for Kosovo, England are swotting away opponents with ease at the moment. It would be a major upset if the Three Lions did not win in this clash. At odds of 1/20, they offer no value at all.

The market we are going to suggest is over 3.5 goals scored. England are prolific, especially on home soil, so over 3.5 goals scored at 11/10 seems like the only bet that represents any value in this game.

Verdict: Back the over 3.5 goals scored at odds 11/10 (All odds from Bet365)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent

David Nugent


David is a soccer fan and writer who has spent the last decade sharing his opinion and spreading news about the beautiful game across the internet. The lifelong Everton fan has written for numerous sports websites, plus an international soccer magazine where he covered the Premier League, the Bundesliga and various youth international tournaments.