England vs. Kosovo Euro 2020 Qualifier; Predictions, Odds, Preview

England vs. Kosovo Euro 2020 Qualifier

Updated: 18th May 2024

2020 European Championship Qualifiers Preview: England vs. Kosovo – Wembley stadium – September 11, 2019 – 19:45 BST

The Three Lions have strengthened their chances of an entry to the 2020 European Cup with a 4-0 crushing of Bulgaria at the Wembley on Saturday night. The score line doesn't exactly reflect England's disappointing show in the first half where they went in with just a 1-0 lead. Harry Kane's hat-trick was the feature of the day, though two of them came from penalties. Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford looked incisive especially in the second half and their efforts paid off when the former got his fifth goal of the qualifiers.

Kosovo, the second team on the Group A points table, will be England's next opponents on September 10th, Tuesday night. It's not likely that manager Gareth Southgate will make too many changes to the English side that started against Bulgaria. The back four and goalkeeper should remain unchanged, although there's a possibility that Trent Alexander-Arnold could make way for Everton defender Michael Keane.

Kane and Raheem Sterling will both keep their spots in the final third, though, with the pair starting to form an impressive relationship for the English national team. Ross Barkley and Marcus Rashford look likely to drop out, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jadon Sancho both pushing for spots in the starting XI. Sancho along with Kane and Raheem Sterling will both keep their spots as the upfront attacking three.

England possible starting XI:

Pickford (goal); Trippier, Keane, Maguire, Rose; Rice, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Sancho, Sterling, Kane

Kosovo are on a high after their win 2-1 over Czech Republic and have extended their run of unbeaten international games to an astonishing 15. Their chances of qualifying have brightened after their weekend home win against the Czechs with 8 points accumulated from their four games (England have 9 from their 3 outings). Vedat Muriqi and Elba Rashani have been in the thick of goals, the duo having accounted for 5 of the 7 goals Kosovo have scored from their 4 qualifiers.

The Kosovars have scored in each of their four games and one cannot rule out them coming into goals at the Wembley on Tuesday, although it must be said that England will be the toughest opposition they will have faced so far.

If the visitors were to score, Muriqi looks the brightest candidate for the feat.

Kosovo possible starting XI:

Muric (goal); Vojvoda, Rhahmani, Aliti, Hadergjonaj; Voca, Halimi; Zhegrova, Celina, Rashani; Muriqi

Odds for both teams to score (Bet365)

(Bet365 Odds subject to change and correct as of 08/09/2019)

No: 3/10

Yes: 12/5

Winners odds (Bet365)

(Bet365 Odds subject to change and correct as of 08/09/2019)

England: 1/12

Draw: 14/1

Kosovo: 28/1

England vs. Kosovo Prediction

3-0 correct score at 4/1 (Bet365)

(Bet365 Odds subject to change and correct as of 08/09/2019)

Anytime to score

Harry Kane: 2/5

Marcus Rashford: 8/11

Raheem Sterling: 8/11

Jadon Sancho: 6/5

Mason Mount: 6/5

James Maddison: 7/5

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 2/1

Ross Barkley: 7/4

Harry Maguire: 9/2

Jordan Henderson 9/2

Declan Rice: 9/2

Kieran Trippier: 10/3

Trent Alexander-Arnold: 10/3

Harry Winks: 10/3

Joe Gomez: 13/2

Ben Chilwell: 11/2

Danny Rose: 13/2

Elbasan Rashani: 10/1

Vedat Muriqi 10/1

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