England vs Kosovo betting tips: Euro 2020 qualifier match preview and predictions

England vs Kosovo prediction: England 3-0 Kosovo

Three games, three wins in European Championship qualifying for England.

This should be their toughest test yet but can Gareth Southgate’s side maintain their 100% record as England hit the road and travel down to St Mary’s?



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England vs Kosovo: Who will win?

England are huge favourites at 1/12 to win this fixture.

Kosovo are 28/1 to leave Southampton with all three points.

Even a draw would be an amazing result for the visitors and that is 9/1.

Over 2.5 goals is 2/5.

Both teams to score no though is 1/3.

England to win and over 2.5 goals is also 1/3.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 22: Raheem Sterling of England celebrates as he scores his team’s fourth goal and completes his hat trick during the 2020 UEFA European Championships Group A qualifying match between England and Czech Republic at Wembley Stadium on March 22, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Raheem Sterling has five goals in Euro qualifying already. He is 3/1 to break the deadlock and 10/11 to score again.

Harry Kane also has five goals in three appearances in this competition. He is 15/8 to break the deadlock and 2/5 to add to his rapidly growing tally.

Vedat Muriqi is expected to lead the line for the visitors. He is 28/1 to break the deadlock and 9/1 to score for a third successive game.

Both Sterling and Kane to score is 7/4.

Both Marcus Rashford and Kane to score is 13/10.

Both Jadon Sancho and Sterling to score is 7/2.

Both Ross Barkley and James Maddison to score is 10/1.

Both Vedat Muriqi and Bersant Celina to score is 125/1.

England vs Kosovo: Match preview

Another easy win for England in this qualifying group.

On Saturday, they hosted the side bottom of Group A, Bulgaria, at Wembley.

It took them until the 24th minute to make the breakthrough.

A defensive mix-up saw Raheem Sterling latch onto a lose ball in the penalty area, square it to Harry Kane who simply couldn’t miss.

In the second half, Kane converted two spot-kicks either side of returning the favour for Sterling by giving him a tap-in of his own.

4-0 it finished; another easy victory in this group.

England’s other two games in qualifying were both back in March.

Sterling was the hat-trick hero on matchday one as England demolished the Czech Republic 5-0 at Wembley.

Then, three days later, the Three Lions came from behind to score five, this time in Montenegro.

Gareth Southgate’s side were always going to make light work of Group A and so it has proven.

Although, it was not so easy in the summer as they travelled to Portugal for the UEFA Nations League Finals.

In the semi-final at Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, England led after half an hour through Marcus Rashford’s penalty.

But, Netherlands equalised in the second half before going on to win 3-1 after extra time.

That meant England were forced to stay in Guimarães for the third-place play-off against Switzerland.

That match finished goalless so went to a penalty shootout.

Maguire, Barkley, Sancho, Sterling, Pickford and Dier all scored from the spot to secure the bronze medal.

This side will be hoping to go one better than the semi-finals at next summer’s Euros.

First though, of course, they must qualify so will they stay top of the group with another win here?

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Guimarães, Portugal – JUNE 09: Players of England celebrate following the UEFA Nations League Third-Place Play-off match between Switzerland and England at Estádio D. Afonso Henriques on June 09, 2019 in Guimarães, Portugal. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Can Kosovo secure the biggest win of their history?

As for Kosovo, they have been the team to watch in the last 12 months.

They only became a FIFA member in 2016 but are rapidly becoming a force to be reckoned with.

In the UEFA Nations League, they amassed 14 points from six games and ran away with League D3 above Azerbaijan, Faroe Islands and Malta.

That means, they are guaranteed a UEFA Nations League D play-off place if they need it.

In all likelihood, that would see them travel to Macedonia for the semi-final before potentially taking on Georgia or Belarus in a final.

That would give them a very good chance of qualifying for the Euros at the first attempt but they might not even need that backstop.

They kicked off their Euro qualifying campaign with a 1-1 home draw against Bulgaria; Arbër Zeneli’s equaliser securing a point.

Then, in June, despite taking the lead through Milot Rashica, they had to settle for another 1-1 draw, this time in Montenegro.

But then, three days later, their campaign caught fire.

They travelled to Sofia to take on Bulgaria and found themselves a goal up early on thanks to Rashica.

But then, two goals in 12 minutes either side of half time saw the home side in front.

Vedat Muriqi equalised shortly after before, in the third minute of stoppage time, Elba Rashani struck a stunning winner.

3-2 to Kosovo it finished.

Last time out on Saturday, they welcomed the Czech Republic to Pristina.

This was a huge game as just one point separated the sides at kick off.

The visitors led after just a quarter of an hour but they weren’t celebrating for long; Muriqi equalising only four minutes later.

Mid-way through the second half, Fadil Vokrri Stadium erupted.

Bersant Celina picked out Mërgim Vojvoda from a corner and the right-back scuffed home his first ever international goal.

2-1 it finished; the biggest win in Kosovo’s very short international history.

That win means Kosovo are up to second in the group, two points above the Czech Republic and only one behind England.

Can this side cause England problems?

England team news vs Kosovo

Mason Mount of England during UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifier between England and Bulgaria at Wembley stadium in London, England on September 07, 2019 (Photo by Action Foto Sport/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Gareth Southgate is without some familiar faces for this one.

However, he still has a very strong squad at his disposal and is expected to give an opportunity to a few players who did not play at the weekend.

As always Jordan Pickford will be in goal; he’s started England’s last 16 competitive internationals.

In defence, there is no Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Kyle Walker, John Stones or Luke Shaw.

At right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is expected to come in for Kieran Trippier.

Ben Chilwell and Joe Gomez could also come in for Danny Rose and Michael Keane.

Harry Maguire could well be the only member of the back four who retains his place.

Tyrone Mings will be hoping to make his international debut.

Ahead of them, Declan Rice will continue to anchor the midfield.

Jordan Henderson and Ross Barkley made up the midfield trio at the weekend.

Mason Mount came off the bench at the weekend and could get his first start here.

James Maddison could also win his first senior England cap in this game.

There are no current Southampton players in this squad but former Saint Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be the home town hero.

Further forward, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling both have five goals already in European qualifying.

Sterling has been directly involved in nine goals in his last seven games for England.

That is as much goal involvement as he managed in his previous 33 caps.

Harry Kane meanwhile has scored 25 goals in just 40 caps; only 13 players have scored more goals for the Three Lions.

Marcus Rashford made up the front three at the weekend; his five international goals scored in England have been scored in four different cities.

He could add to that here but it’ll probably have to be from the bench; Jadon Sancho is expected to come in.

Will this side simply outclass Kosovo?

Kosovo team news vs England

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ROME, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 22: A general view of UEFA Euro Trophy in the Stadio Olinpico during the UEFA Euro Roma 2020 Official Logo unveiling at Palazzo delle Armi on September 22, 2016 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

As for Bernard Challandes’ side, they’re looking to protect a 15-match unbeaten run, no European nation can boast a longer run without defeat.

However, he is not al full strength as they faced by far the hardest game of that run.

There will be a relatively familiar face in goal in Arijanet Murić.

He is currently on loan at Nottingham Forrest from Manchester City.

At the moment, he is keeping Samir Ujkani out the team, a goalkeeper who is 11 years his senior.

In defence, Florent Hadergjonaj of Huddersfield will start at left-back.

This’ll be just his third cap after he switched allegiance from Switzerland with whom he won one cap although that was only a friendly.

Centre-back Amir Rrahmani is the most capped player in the squad with 25 so far.

In midfield is where they are without some key players.

Wingers Milot Rashica and Benjamin Kololli are both out as are more central players Arbër Zeneli and Herolind Shala.

All four of those would be strongly in contention to start if available.

They still have Valon Berisha who is expected to come in for Besar Halimi.

Further forward will be Bersant Celina who’s already scored twice for Swansea City in the Championship this season.

Up front, Fenerbahçe’s Vedat Muriqi has six international goals to his name including in each of his nation’s two qualifiers.

Can he keep that impressive run going?

Atdhe Nuhiu of Sheffield Wednesday will be an option off the bench.

This side might not leave Southampton victorious but they will certainly give England a run for their money, make no mistake about that.

Predicted England line-up vs Kosovo

Predicted England line-up vs Kosovo

Predicted England line-up vs Kosovo.

Predicted Kosovo line-up vs England

Predicted Kosovo line-up vs England

Predicted Kosovo line-up vs England.

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The latest tweets from England pre Kosovo

The latest tweets from Kosovo pre England

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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