England maintained their 100 per cent record in the Euro 2020 qualifiers with a comprehensive 4-0 win over Bulgaria on Saturday.
Captain Harry Kane’s hat-trick, plus Raheem Sterling’s strike sealed the victory, and Gareth Southgate’s side now head to St Mary’s to face Kosovo.
Our football betting expert previews tomorrow night’s game and gives you the best bets to look out for.
England keen to maintain momentum
Saturday’s win saw England move above tomorrow’s opposition in Group A, and from the three group games, have netted 14 goals, and conceded just once.
The Three Lions’ qualifying record over the years speaks for itself, and Gareth Southgate’s charges are unbeaten in their last 42 Euro/World Cup qualifying matches, having last lost 1-0 to Ukraine back in October 2009.
It’s clear to see England’s two most dependable men in front of goal – Kane and Sterling – continue to deliver on the international stage.
Kane’s treble at the weekend took him past Sir Geoff Hurst in the goalscoring ranks for his country, and the Spurs skipper also became the first player to score 25+ goals in his first 40 international appearances since Gary Lineker.
A double on Kane and Sterling to get on the scoresheet anytime tomorrow night is 6/4, and something which I will be snapping up given their current form.
Kosovo the toughest test
England replaced Kosovo at the summit of Group A over the weekend, but tomorrow’s opponents certainly represent their toughest test of the qualifying process.
Kosovo have won two and drawn two of their four qualifying matches, and also remain undefeated since October 2017 having won 10 their last 15 international matches.
Familiar faces in the Kosovo line-up could include Arijanet Muric (Man City – on loan at Nottingham Forest, Florent Hadergjonaj (Huddersfield), Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) and Bersant Celina (Swansea) all plying their trade in England.
On their record over the past few years, they certainly have to be respected, and they last failed to score in an international game back in September 2018 when held to a goalless draw with Azerbaijan.
Bernard Challandes’ side also topped their Nations League group and drew 2-2 with Denmark in a friendly back in March, so are very capable on their day.
Although England’s defence has largely been solid in qualification, it is the area of weakness in Gareth Southgate’s squad so at 9/4, a bet on England to win and both teams to score represents good value and will be worth backing.