England take on Kosovo looking to extend their winning start to Euro 2020 qualifying. A 4-0 win over Bulgaria on Saturday was the third victory in a row for Gareth Southgate’s side.
The visitors shouldn’t be underestimated though. Kosovo sit second in Group A, unbeaten after four matches.
England vs Kosovo – Euro 2020 Qualifying – 10/09/19
Where to watch
Venue: St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton
Kick-Off Time: 19:45 BST
Referee in Charge: Felix Zwayer (GER)
TV Channel/Live Stream: This game will be available on ITV for viewers in the UK. It will also be shown on ITV HD.
England vs Kosovo – The Form Guide
England have proved too good for each team they’ve faced in qualifying so far. With maximum points, 14 goals scored and just one conceded, the Three Lions are on track to top the group. However, this assignment shouldn’t be overlooked.
Kosovo have won their last two matches, including a 2-1 victory over Czech Republic last time out. Yet to taste defeat in the qualifying campaign, Bernard Challandes’ men have defied their world ranking of 120 in style. The visiting team are second in Group A and will be eyeing an upset when they head to St Mary’s Stadium.
England vs Kosovo – Team News
Manchester United pair Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Jesse Lingard have withdrawn from the squad. No replacements have been called up with Southgate content with the 23-man group at his disposal.
The England boss is likely to make a few changes to the starting line-up with Jadon Sancho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the running to come in. Trent Alexander-Arnold may replace Kieran Trippier at right-back.
Kosovo are unlikely to make any personnel changes after their 2-1 win in Pristina. Vedat Muriqi should lead the line once more having scored against Czech Republic. The 25-year-old has already netted twice in three league games for Fenerbahce this season.
Predicted line ups
England predicted line up: Pickford; Rose, Maguire, Keane, Alexander-Arnold; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rice, Henderson; Sancho, Kane, Sterling
Kosovo predicted line up: Muric; Hadergjonaj, Aliti, Rrahmani, Vojvoda; Halimi, Voca; Rashani, Celina, Zhegrova; Muriqi
England vs Kosovo – Latest Odds
England are heavy favourites at 1/20 (1.05) with William Hill. The latest odds see Kosovo as 35/1 (36.0) underdogs while it’s 11/1 (12.0) that the game ends in a draw.
The same firm are 5/2 (3.50) best price about both teams scoring. This will be the visitors’ toughest test of the campaign but they’ve proven capable in front of goal so far.
England vs Kosovo – Score Prediction
The Three Lions have been in fine form in attack, netting at least four times in each of their group games so far. Another big scoreline could be the way to go from a score prediction point of view here. The visitors could make their mark in a losing cause so the 4-1 correct score play at 16/1 (17.0) is worth a small stake.
England vs Kosovo – Betting Tip
England did their best work after half time at Wembley and backing late goals could be the best bet here too. The Three Lions have scored more goals after half time than before it in each of their three Group A games to date. Nine of their 14 strikes in the campaign so far have been after the interval.
With Kosovo likely to tire in the later stages, backing the second half to be the highest-scoring is the recommended selection. William Hill are the best price on this outcome at Evens (2.0) and that looks well worth taking.
Best Bet: Highest scoring half: Second at Evens (2.0) with William Hill
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