Sunday 17 November – 5pm
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England clinched qualification with their easy 7-0 home win over Montenegro. The group has been won too, so this game away to Kosovo will give Gareth Southgate the chance to make some changes to his team.
England have qualified from this group with one game remaining. To be fair, it’s not been the hardest of groups for England and we haven’t exactly learned a great deal from it. We already knew that England had a good forward line, especially when up against average sides. Sadly, we also knew that defensively, England still have a lot to improve on, even when up against average sides.
Gareth Southgate’s team has scored 33 goals in this group and conceded just six. Only once have they failed to score four goals in a game, that was in the worrying 2-1 away loss to the Czech Republic. You can get odds of 5/1 (6.0) at SkyBet on England scoring at least four goals in this match.
England beat Kosovo 5-3 in the reverse fixture with all their goals scored in the first half. It should be a bit harder away in Kosovo but England still have a great chance of winning this game. There are odds of 1/2 (1.5) at William Hill on England beating Kosovo.
Kosovo are down but not out in the European Championships. Their loss in the Czech Republic on Thursday ended their automatic qualification hopes. They are third in the group behind the Czechs but now four points adrift of them. However, Kosovo did well in the UEFA Nations League, so are in the play-offs.
They are unbeaten at home in this group with two wins and a now costly draw with Bulgaria. 13 goals have been scored but 12 conceded. The odds on them beating England are 5/1 (6.0) if you bet is placed with Paddy Power.
The only previous meeting was the reverse fixture in this group. That ended 5-3 to England and the odds on both teams scoring in this game are 8/11 (1.72) at BetVictor.
England will make changes for this game. Jordan Henderson and Joe Gomez have both been ruled out of the match. Raheem Sterling is likely to return and he’s 6/5 (2.2) at Betfair to score in this game.
It’s the last match for England in this group but the first in the preparations for the finals. Changes will be made but England have a strong squad, at least attacking wise. A bet on England to win and both teams to score has odds of 21/10 (3.1) at Coral.