Supporting England used to be a nail-biting experience for their fans. It used to be a struggle qualifying for major tournaments, even when the group didn’t look that hard. That has become a thing of the past in recent years. Gareth Southgate’s team are three points clear at the top of Group A and with a game in hand too. Securing qualification for Euro 2020 could be clinched in the next week and a win at the Czech Republic will increase those chances.
England began this Euro 2020 qualifying group with a 5-0 hammering of the Czech Republic. Another win in this reverse fixture would take them to the fringes of automatically qualifying for next year’s finals. They top the group on 12 points after four straight wins. They are three points clear of the Czechs and four ahead of Kosovo but with that important game in hand.
Two wins over the Czechs and Bulgaria on Monday will definitely see them through. They can even finish third if they want, after their UEFA Nations League group win England are already through to the play-offs.
19 goals have been scored by England in their four games. That more than anything illustrates the fact this isn’t the strongest of groups out there. Each of their group matches has seen them score at least four goals. The only time they didn’t score five in a match was the 4-0 home win over bottom of the table Bulgaria.
England may well have a 100% record in this group but it’s clear that England are far from the finished article. Conceding three goals at home to Kosovo proved that. The fear is still there that when they take on a top nation next year, defeat might be on the way.
The Czech Republic had a nightmare start to their Euro 2020 campaign when losing 5-0 at Wembley. Then they went behind at home to Bulgaria after three minutes but fought back to win the game 2-1. The odds on them winning this game from behind are 25/1 (26.0) at BetVictor. Remember, England also had to come from behind to win in Montenegro, it’s 10/1 (11.0) at SkyBet on that happening in this game.
Patrick Schick scored their two goals in that win over Bulgaria. He also scored in their 2-1 away loss in Kosovo (after giving them the lead) and the 3-0 home win over Montenegro. You can get odds of 10/3 (4.33) at Coral on him getting a goal against England.
With three wins from the last four games, the Czech Republic are a point clear of Kosovo. They play them at home on November 14 and that could well be the game that decides who fills second spot behind England. That’s unless the Czechs can pull off a surprise in this match. will give you odds of 13/2 (7.5) at Betfred on them winning this match.
Only one of their last eight home European Championship qualifiers have been lost. England are still the 2/5 (1.4) favourites at Coral to win this match but it is unlikely to be as easy a task as the Wembley match.
England have only played the Czech Republic on three previous occasions. They have not lost any of those matches winning twice and drawing the other. Two of the last three games have seen over 2.5 goals scored. The odds of that stat coming up on Friday are 4/5 (1.8) at Betfair.
England will be without Fabian Delph for this game. They have no other major injury problems and have recalled Tammy Abraham to their squad for this match. For a different kind of betting experience why not pay a visit to the Betbull website?
Neither Harry Kane or Raheem Sterling had a memorable weekend for their clubs in their last games. They have been showing good form for England though. Both have scored in each one of the four qualifiers played in this group with six for each player. You can get odds of 5/6 (1.83) at SkyBet on Kane scoring in this match. Raheem Sterling getting on the scoresheet has odds of 31/20 (2.55) at Unibet.
England are closing on on qualification for the finals. They had a comfortable win over the Czechs at Wembley and can complete the double over them. A bet on England to win with over 1.5 goals scored in the match is available at 4/6 (1.66) if placed at Paddy Power.