Kosovo vs England prediction: Kosovo 2-4 England
England have qualified for the European Championships of 2020.
On Thursday night, Montenegro were swatted aside at Wembley as England secured top spot in Group A.
However, they’ll be looking for another win, not only to round off the campaign but to secure top seeding in the group stage draw.
Will it be a successful first ever trip to Kosovo for the Three Lions?
Highlights of England 7-0 Montenegro
Highlights of England 5-3 Kosovo
Kosovo vs England: Who will win?
Kosovo are big underdogs to win this one at 4/1.
Unsurprisingly, England are 4/7 to win again in qualifying.
A draw, which would be an historic achievement for the home side, is 14/5.
It was a goal fest when these two met in Southampton and over 2.5 goals is 8/11.
Both teams to score is 4/5.
England to win and both teams to score is 21/10.
Atdhe Nuhiu of Sheffield Wednesday could be a major goal threat for the home side. He is 7/1 to open the scoring and 13/5 to net anytime.
Two of Valon Berisha’s three international goals came in England nine weeks ago. The Lazio man is 14/1 to break the deadlock once more and 5/1 to score anytime.
Harry Kane is now the joint-top scorer in European qualifying. The Tottenham forward is 14/5 to score first and 19/20 to keep up his record of having scored in every qualifier.
Raheem Sterling is not far behind though. He is 4/1 to open the scoring and 13/8 to add to his tally.
Both Nuhiu and Elbasan Rashani to score is 12/1.
Both Rashica and Nuhiu to score is 20/1.
Both Sterling and Kane to score is 5/1.
Both Marcus Rashford and Kane to score is also 5/1.
Both Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire to score is 210/1.
Kosovo vs England: Match preview
It’s been a memorable campaign for Kosovo.
This is only their second ever qualification campaign as they only obtained FIFA membership in September 2015.
They began with back to back 1-1 draws, 1-1 with Bulgaria and in Montenegro.
Then, their campaign took off with a famous 3-2 victory in Sofia.
Elba Rashani’s 93rd minute rocket securing their first ever qualification victory.
Then, Mërgim Vojvoda scored the winner as they downed second-seeds Czech Republic 2-1 at home.
The whole of Kosovo begins to believe.
Three days later, they travelled to Southampton to take on England in the biggest game of their very short history.
It could hardly have started any better; just 44 seconds in Valon Berisha fired the underdogs in front.
This though only awoke England and, by half time, the home side were 5-1 in front.
They did not give up though.
Early second half goals from Berisha and then Vedat Muriqi got it back to 5-3 but that is how it ended on a mad night on the south coast.
On Thursday, hey travelled to Plzeň just one point behind the Czech Republic in second.
A Kosovo win and they’d leapfrog their opponents and have their destiny in their own hands.
A home victory though would see the Czechs qualify and Kosovo miss out.
Just after half time, Atdhe Nuhiu fired Kosovo in front and it was on.
But, they could not hang on with the home side scoring in the 72nd and the 78th minute to snatch the three points and qualification.
Kosovo condemned to third.
But, they will be in the UEFA Nations League play-offs path D alongside Georgia, Macedonia and Belarus.
Given Kosovo’s performances this year, they still have a great chance to make it to Euro 2020.
Will they go into that following a huge win over England?
Will England win again?
As for England, they now know they will be at the European Championships.
On Thursday they hosted the only side in Group A who definitely won’t qualify, Montenegro.
After just 11 minutes, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fired home his first England goal since June 2017 in his first international appearance for 18-months.
That only opened the floodgates.
By half time, Harry Kane had his third England hat-trick and Marcus Rashford had curled home his ninth for the national side.
In the second half, a calamitous own goal made is six before a special moment for Tammy Abraham.
The Chelsea man coming off the bench to score his first senior England goal on the occasion of his fourth cap.
7-0 it finished; England’s biggest home win since beating Turkey 8-0 at Wembley in UEFA Euro 1988 qualifying on 14 October 1987.
In this group, that follows a 5-0 win over the Czech Republic, a 5-1 victory in Montenegro a 4-0 and 6-0 wins over Bulgaria.
The two games not on that list are the shock 2-1 defeat in Prague, their first qualifying loss for ten years and one day, and that thriller against Kosovo.
In the reverse fixture of this one in September, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane both scored as well as a brace for Jadon Sancho in the 5-3 win.
So England can look forward to a Euros, partly on home turf, but there are still some permutations to sort out.
A win here would secure a place in pot one for the Euro 2020 group stage draw which takes place in 13 days time.
Anything less and they’d, in all likelihood, drop down into pot two.
After this there’s just four games to go until it kicks off for real on June 14.
Will England win their first ever match in Prishtinë?
Kosovo team news vs England
Bernard Challandes was missing some key personnel for the reverse fixture but is, almost, at full strength this time around.
Arijanet Murić of Nottingham Forrest, on loan from Man City, will keep his place in goal ahead of Samir Ujkani who has 17 more caps than him.
In defence, right-back Mërgim Vojvoda and the centre-back duo of Fidan Aliti and Amir Rrahmani have been stalwarts of this team.
The left-back position has been up for grabs though; Florent Hadergjonaj of Huddersfield Town started there in Southampton.
He’s likely to keep his place, somewhat, out of position.
In midfield, they are without Bernard Berisha and Arbër Zeneli who are both injured.
Besar Halimi and the former’s brother Valon Berisha are likely to play the deeper midfield positions.
Bersant Celina of Swansea City will start in the number ten role, flanked by Benjamin Kololli and Milot Rashica.
Up front, after his goal in Plzeň, Atdhe Nuhiu is likely to keep his place ahead of Elba Rashani.
Vedat Muriqi of Fenerbahçe, is their top scorer of all time with eight but he is out through injury.
Can this side pull off the biggest result of their short but rapidly growing history?
England team news vs Kosovo
As for England, with qualification assured, Gareth Southgate is expected to experiment just a little bit.
Not in goal though where Jordan Pickford will start for the 19th competitive match in a row.
UPDATE on Jordan Pickford and Nick Pope: The Sunday papers have suggested that Nick Pope will likely start in goal for England in place of Pickford. This is seen as preparation for Pope as back-up to Pickford. To ensure the Burnley stopper has a chance of competitive international football.
In defence, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben Chilwell look to be the first-choice full-backs.
The latter became the first England defender to register three assists in a game since 2009 on Thursday.
However, Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier are expected to be rotated in for this one.
At centre-back, Tyrone Mings is expected to get another chance alongside Harry Maguire.
The other options are John Stones, who started in mid-week, Fikayo Tomori and Joe Gomez.
In midfield, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain appears to have done enough against Montenegro to retain his place.
Alongside him, Harry Winks and Mason Mount are expected to drop out with Declan Rice and James Maddison coming in.
If this is the case, the latter would make his first start for England after his long-awaited debut off the bench on Thursday.
UPDATE on James Maddison: Gareth Southgate told reporters on Saturday night that the Leicester City midfielder was a doubt due to a calf strain. Which may prevent Maddison’s first start for England.
Up front, Southgate said that Sterling would play and hinted that hat-trick hero Harry Kane would also keep his place.
That leaves one place in the front three and Marcus Rashford is likely to be given it.
Jadon Sancho, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Callum Wilson and Tammy Abraham make up the plethora of attacking options.
Will England round off a positive 2019 with a win?
Predicted Kosovo line-up vs England
Predicted England line-up vs Kosovo
(Sunday morning update: Replace Jordan Pickford with Nick Pope. And, James Maddison is a doubt, which could mean a start for Mason Mount.)
Highlights of Bulgaria 0-6 England
Highlights of Czech Republic 2-1 England
Highlights of England 4-0 Bulgaria
Highlights of Montenegro 1-5 England
Highlights of England 5-0 Czech Republic
The latest tweets from Kosovo pre England
Sfida e tyre e guximshme nuk do të harrohet kurrë. Pë herë të parë Kosova do të luajë rol udhëheqës në vendin ku lindi sporti më i dashur në botë.
— FFK (@FFK_KS) August 29, 2019
Përzgjedhësi i Kosovës, Bernard Challandes ka folur në konferencë për media për dy ndeshjet e shtatorit kundër Çekisë dhe Anglisë.
Për më shumë lexo në https://t.co/yggxQi3MTC
— FFK (@FFK_KS) September 1, 2019
The latest tweets from England pre Kosovo
— England (@England) November 15, 2019
— UEFA EURO 2020 (@UEFAEURO) November 14, 2019
— UEFA EURO 2020 (@UEFAEURO) November 14, 2019
— UEFA EURO 2020 (@UEFAEURO) November 14, 2019
All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.
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