Kosovo vs England Preview & Correct Score Bets – 2020 European Qualifiers
2020 European Qualifiers preview – Group A – Kosovo vs England – Fadil Vokrri Stadium – November 17, 2019 – 17:00 hrs BST
The Three Lions stormed into the 2020 European Cup after destroying a hapless Montenegro 7-0 on Thursday night at the Wembley.
A hattrick form Harry Kane and goals from Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain, Marcus Rashford and Tammy Abraham helped England complete their rout of the visitors.
Gareth Southgate's men now visit Pristina to play Kosovo, who after yesterday's loss to the Czech Republic 1-2 in an away game are rather precariously placed in Group A.
The first-time entrants to the European circuit are on 11 points and are a clear 4 points behind the Czechs in the 3rd place. So, a win against England at the Fadil Vokrri Stadium on the 17th is a must.
The Kosovars were impressive when they last visited Wembley in September coming from 1-5 down at one stage to narrow the margin of defeat to 3-5. It would have been even 3-4 but for an own-goal from defender Mergim Vojvoda.
Kosovo have won both their home matches in the Euro qualifiers – one against Montenegro in October and the other against Czech Republic in September.
The Kosovars are likely to come under immense pressure from a goal-hungry English that has the likes of Harry Kane and brilliant young talent in players like Tammy Abraham, Marcus Rashford, James Maddison and Raheem Sterling.
Sterling, who was out of the Montenegro win on a one-match ban will surely feature in the starting XI for the Pristina fixture.
The hosts back-line comprising of Mergim Vojvoda, Amir Rrahmani, Fidan Aliti and Florent Hadergjonaj had some heavy defending to do against the Czechs at Prague when they fended off as many as 27 attempts on their goal. But they have an effective strike force that has the knack of getting goals.
Kosovo coach Bernard Challandes will depend heavily on his forwards Elba Rashani, Vedat Muriqi and Atdhe Nuhiu to get him goals as they have done in recent matches.
Kosovo predicted line-up playing in a 4-2-3-1 formation – Muric (goal); Vojvoda, Rrahmani, Aliti, Hadergjonaj; Voca, Halimi; Zhegrova, Celina, Rashani; Muriqi
England predicted line-up playing in a 4-3-3 formation – Pickford (goal); Alexander-Arnold, Keane, Maguire, Chilwell; Henderson, Rice, Barkley; Sterling, Kane, Sancho
The Three Lions' visit to Czech Republic in October had resulted in their only defeat in the Group A which they top with 18 points.
The game in Kosovo could be tough and with the hosts desperate for a win, final correct score bets of 1-1 (odds of 34/5) or even a 0-1 (odds of 29/2) in favor of the hosts cannot be ruled out.
But the odds are very much on England to take three points from the Pristina fixture as odds would suggest and a correct score line bet of 2-1 in their favor looks a possibility.
Kosovo vs England Winner odds
England to win: 8/13
Kosovo to win: 18/5
Correct Score odds (BetFair)
Betfair odds correct as of 15/11/2019 and subject to change.
England 1-0: 59/10
Draw 1-1: 34/5
England 2-0: 13/5
England 2-1: 71/10
England 3-1: 12/1
Kosovo 1-0: 29/2
Anytime scorer odds (Skybet)
Harry Kane: 19/20
Raheem Sterling: 13/8
Marcus Rashford: 13/8
Tammy Abraham: 23/20
James Maddison: 7/2
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 4/1
Elba Rashani: 13/5
Atdhe Nuhiu: 13/5
Bersant Celina: 7/2
Edon Zhegrova: 7/2