Kosovo v England Euro Championship Betting Preview 17/11/2019
England confirmed their place in Euro 2020 in stunning style on Thursday night. The Three Lions were on a completely different level to Montenegro and came away with a 7-0 win, their biggest at home since 1987.
There will be many more difficult challenges ahead for England if they are to make it to the latter stages of the European Championships. Indeed, England will surely be pushed harder on Sunday afternoon when they head to Pristina for a match against Kosovo.
Expect Another Entertaining Contest
Wembley Stadium was in a celebratory mood before on Thursday evening even before England raced to an early lead over Montenegro. The presence of some England legends for the nation’s 1,000th match was much welcomed, but it was a performance that had fans looking forward to the future with relish that took top billing.
England were every bit as good in an attacking sense as you would hope. They also kept a clean sheet which was very important for the confidence of a defence which has come in for some criticism recently.
There were certainly many reasons to be critical about England’s defence when they took on Kosovo in September. St Mary’s was packed for a rare chance to see the Three Lions on the South Coast and those who made the trip were treated to an end to end classic.
Kosovo took a surprise lead inside one minute which set the tone for a match that brought eight goals and a hard-earned three points for Gareth Southgate’s men. As there is nothing to play for in this match – England have all but won Group A, Kosovo must rely on the play-offs – we could see a lack of pressure producing another entertaining match.
Therefore, rather than simply backing England to win at a general price of 4/7, take the 7/2 that Paddy Power are quoting on England winning a match in which over 3.5 goals are scored.
Kosovo Can Cause Problems
Kosovo should feel proud about their first European Championship qualifying campaign. It’s been a long road for the nation to be recognised by Fifa and UEFA and the players who finally have the chance to play in competitive matches for their nation do so with great pride.
Although they’ve come up short in Group A, Kosovo still have a chance to book their place at Euro 2020. They will be desperate for some momentum by putting in another big performance against England.
We think Kosovo will come up just short again but fancy them to make a real game of it once again. With England’s defensive issues far from sorted, Kosovo may just be able to score over 1.5 goals at 3/1 with 888Sport.
Abraham to Take His Chance
Tammy Abraham was fully deserving of his recall to the England squad. The 22-year-old has made the most of the confidence shown in him by Frank Lampard to become Chelsea’s number one striker and scored against Montenegro shortly after being introduced from the bench.
Displacing Harry Kane – who scored a hat-trick on Thursday – from the starting XI is a tough task for Abraham, but it’s he who is in the better form domestically, and he may well get a chance to show what he’s all about from the start against Kosovo.
Gareth Southgate had no problem playing a young team against Montenegro so expect more changes on Sunday and for Abraham to score the game’s first goal at 16/5 with Ladbrokes.
England to Win and Over 3.5 Goals at 7/2 with Paddy Power
Kosovo to Score Over 1.5 Goals at 3/1 with 888Sport
Tammy Abraham to Score First at 16/5 with Ladbrokes
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