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After their UEFA Nations League and World Cup adventures, England return to the Euro 2020 qualifiers. They resume their group in a strong position top of the table and with at least one game in hand on their rivals. Gareth Southgate’s team have two home games against Bulgaria and Kosovo and will be expecting another six points.
England are in Group A of the Euro 2020 qualifiers and already look to be heading for the finals. There are odds of 1/40 (1.025) at 888sport on them winning Group A. That’s not going to win you a fortune but perhaps you could go for the 11/2 (6.5) the same bookies has on England winning the European Championships next year.
Short odds to win the group and they haven’t even got a clear lead at the moment. Because of those Nations League commitments, England have only played two qualifiers in this group. Both of them have been won in commanding fashion with only one real worrying moment.
England had a potentially difficult group opener when hosting the Czech Republic. They won that game 5–0 with Raheem Sterling hitting a hat-trick. It’s 1/1 (2.0) at BetVictor that the Manchester City player scores in this game. If you think he might get another hat-trick, then Ladbrokes will give you odds of 20/1 (21.0) on that happening on Saturday.
After that convincing start to the group, England headed to Montenegro and soon found themselves 1-0 down. Thankfully, that was just a blip and England ran out 5-1 winners. Coral will give you odds of 14/1 (15.0) on England having to come from behind to win this match.
Those two wins see England top of the table but level on points with the Czech Republic but with a game in hand. Kosovo are in third, a point behind England from one game more. With Kosovo hosting the Czech Republic on Saturday, that means points are going to be dropped by one or both of England’s main rivals. England are 1/11 (1.09) at BetHard to get a win in this match.
Bulgaria are bottom of the group and their qualification hopes aren’t looking good at all. There are odds of 200/1 (201.0) at SpreadEx on them finishing in the top two. They have already played four games in this group and have just two points. That has left them four points behind second place with a game played more.
They began their campaign with two 1-1 draws at home to Montenegro and away in Kosovo. Not the worst start they could have made but then they lost their next two games. Bulgaria led 1-0 after three minutes in the Czech Republic but then lost 2-1. That was the second game in a row they had scored the first goal. The odds of them doing that at Wembley on Saturday are 17/2 (9.5) at Ladbrokes.
That habit of taking the lead and not winning the game continued when hosting Kosovo. They took a 2-1 lead in the second half but a 93rd minute goal saw them lose 3-2 and leave their Euro 2020 qualification hopes in tatters. You can get 33/1 (34.0) at Unibet on Bulgaria kick-starting their qualification chances with a win at Wembley.
England have played Bulgaria ten times and have won six and drawn four. The last two have been won without conceding. A trip to BoyleSports will give you odds of 4/9 (1.44) on England winning to nil.
England have no major injury problems for this game. The only injury pull-out this week has been that of Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
England are looking likely to dominate this group and qualify for Euro 2020 with ease. They have two wins in the bag already and should win both their games over the next week. A win for England with over 2.5 goals has odds of 4/9 (1.44) at Betfred.