England travel to the Fadil Vok Stadium in Kosovo for Sunday’s final European Championship qualification match.
Gareth Southgate’s side have already booked their spot in the next year’s finals, but can they round off the qualifying campaign with victory in Pristina? Our football betting expert previews the encounter.
Expect a glut of goals in Kosovo
The Three Lions have already secured qualification but will be looking here to cement their place at the head of Group A, while Kosovo have nothing to play for in this last group game having endured a 2-1 loss to Bulgaria in their last match and consequently have no chance of qualifying and little motivation to give England a battle on Sunday.
That said, there is still value to be found in betting on England. While the hosts have netted an average of 1.8 goals in each of their last five games, England have put away a staggering average of 4.6 goals in each of their last five, with Harry Kane taking the match ball home in two of those outings. Over 2.5 goals for England can be backed at 9/4.
A repeat of the St Mary’s thriller?
These teams’ most recent encounter came in September and produced an unsurprisingly goal-laden 5-3 thriller, with England taking the three points and Jadon Sancho scoring his first two senior international goals.
The Three Lions indeed have an array of players to rely on in front of goal, with six different internationals finding the back of the net in the last two games. As a result, it’s pretty easy to envisage England scoring in both halves of the match and they are 6/4 to do just that in Pristina.
Kosovo have scored in each of their last thirteen games and against most other oppositions would seem fairly likely to carry on that run. However, this England side are running riot at present, scoring 13 and conceding none over their last two matches.
This could become their sixth game of the last 10 where they achieve a shutout, with the same proportion of those games seeing them score over three goals. With that in mind, a 3-0 win for the visitors appears almost conservative but is available at a tempting 10/1 nonetheless.