Kosovo vs England
Who? Kosovo vs England in Matchday 10 of Group A of Euro 2020 Qualification
Where? Pristina City Stadium, Kosovo
When? 17:00 GMT, Sunday 17th November 2019 (Live on ITV1)
England plays their final match of the calendar year on Sunday as they travel to disheartened Kosovo, knowing a point is good enough to secure top spot.
The hosts were in the lead in their last game against the Czech Republic, meaning they had second place in the group in their hands. However, two late second half goals killed off their chances of automatic qualification to next year’s tournament. With 11 points in the group, they have third place regardless of the result and can head to the play-offs in March next year to create history. It would be a fantastic achievement for the Dardanians, a nation that has only been playing officially under FIFA ranking for a few years.
For England, they put on a ruthless and entertaining performance last time out. In the nation’s 1000th international match, the celebratory match treated fans to a celebratory performance and results. They beat an injury-hit Montenegro 7-0 with a hat-trick of goals from Harry Kane and hat-trick of assists from Ben Chilwell. It was the biggest win at the new Wembley Stadium for the Three Lions. Unfortunately, Joe Gomez received some jeers from the crowd when he entered the field as a second half substitution. The saga around the Liverpool man and Raheem Sterling’s altercation continues, with the latter likely to be in contention to start on Sunday again.
Kosovo (9/2* to Win): Kosovo have a fair few recognised players in their side. Former Manchester City youngsters and Swansea City star Bersant Celina is one of their key players. Other recognisable Championship players in the side include Florent Hadergjonaj and Atdhe Nuhiu. Nottingham Forest goalkeeper, on loan from Manchester City, Arijanet Muric also features for the team. Bundesliga regular Milot Rashica and Serie A back-up Valon Berisha also feature in the side. Berisha scored twice against England in the reverse fixture.
England (1/2* to Win): We don’t think Southgate will change the squad too drastically. England still needs to secure top spot, and with how the reverse fixture panned out, the Three Lions need to be at it. Raheem Sterling will come back into the side as the team looks to move on from the controversy surrounding this international break. Whether he will feature with Joe Gomez at some point will remain to be see. Fikayo Tomori might get a start or come off the bench for his debut.
England recorded a 5-3 victory over Kosovo last time out in Southampton. It is a result that has made history the highest scoring game that Kosovo have been involved in.
*odds as of November 15th at 16:51 GMT and subject to change
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