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Having scaled through to the 2020 European Championships after thrashing Montenegro on Friday, England need only avoid defeat in Pristina to secure top spot in Group A, and this look yet another winnable game.

European Championship 2020 qualifier
Fadil Vokrri Stadium
Date : Sunday, 16th November 2019
Kick-off : 18:00 PM UK time.
TV channel : Sky Sports Main Event

Kosovo will be kicking themselves for letting slip a lead and ultimately losing 2-1 away to Czech Republic on Thursday, in what was was potentially a crucial game which could have brightened their chances of playing in the tournament next year.

Atdhe Nuhiu put the Dardanians ahead on 50 minutes, but they however failed to build on that or withstand the onslaught from the Czechs and late efforts from Alex Kral and Ondrej Celustka turned the game on its head.

The defeat mean they can no longer finish as group runner ups, with that position going to Czech Republic, but Bernard Challande’s team can still land themselves a spot in the competition via the play-offs.

Even though there could be little up for grabs for them here, they can be proud of how well they have played so far in the course of the series, and can even aim to crash England’s party with an unlikely upset at very best.

They nearly pulled it off the last time they faced England in Southampton, but for some rampant finishing from their opponents at the other end.

England on their part, made light work of underdogs Montenegro at Wembley coming into this one, and will go one step to winning the title for the first time in history by wrapping up one of six spots as top seeds of the tournament with another big result here.

With Harry Kane raring to go at the moment, and Raheem Sterling who had been just as prolific in the first six qualifiers with eight goals coming back into the side, you will expect to see some fireworks yet again.

Team News


This game could be classed a dead rubber for the Kosovans and it still remains to be seen how they will approach it. The trio of Besar Halimi, Edon Zhegrova and Idriz Voca have been regulars for Kosovo in the course of the serirs but were all benched against the Czech Republic. They could return to the starting XI here.


Southgate has confirmed that Sterling who was dropped pre-Montenegro for disciplinary reasons will come back into the side for this one, and it is Jadon Sancho who will make way.

He could be tempted to make some rotation to the team that started in Wembley, but wholesale changes are not expected as the team bids to maintain momentum.

Jordan Henderson who served his one-match ban for yellow card accumulation is expected to replace Mason Mount in midfield.

Head to head

This will mark the second time these two sides have faced off, with England triumphing 5-3 when they squared up in September.

Valon Berisha gave Kosovo a surprise first minute lead in that game but England soon upped their ante and blew them away courtesy of goals from Sterling, Kane, Sancho(2) to go with an own goal from Mergim Vojvoda.

Berisha and Verdat Muriqi added further goals in the second period but that was too little to help them avoid the defeat.

Team form

England have been ruthless since they fell 2-1 to Czech, and have scored a jaw-dropping 13 goals in their last two games.

Throw in the fact they are unbeaten in 31 of their last 33 European Championship games and you get a feeling the Three Lions are on a purple patch.

England’s last five matches WWLWW

Kosovo will bemoan their missed chance on Thursday, which was only their second loss in this series. They are however unbeaten in their last eleven games on home soil.

Kosovo last five matches WLWWL

Betting preview

This game is likely to see some end to end action, and the possibility of both teams getting on the score sheet in a high scoring affair is high. On paper, this looks another winnable game for England if they keep the momentum they have garnered in their last couple of games, but you can make good value if you jump at the option of both teams to score but England to triumph eventually, and it comes at a good price of 21/10.

Another punt which looks appealing on the correct score front is the 3-1 away win, which is priced up at 11/1.

If you fancy Sterling to break the deadlock first on his return here, it is an enticing 9/2 and Kane to grab yet another goal at anytime is 5/6.

You can view all other betting markets for this game here.

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