By William Hill
Last Updated: 15th November 2019
With qualification to next year’s European Championship confirmed, England have one more match to play against Kosovo on Sunday afternoon. Here’s our preview of the Group A encounter at Stadiumi Fadil Vokrri in Pristina.
King Kane can net anytime
Tottenham striker Harry Kane is struggling by his own standards in the Premier League this season having netted just six goals for the north London side. However, he has no such concerns when donning the Three Lions kit, notching as many goals in his previous four appearances for his country.
In fact, Kane is the joint-leading scorer in qualifying with 11 goals in as many matches, one more than Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo and level with Israel’s Eran Zahavi. On paper, England’s No. 9 is a worthy favourite to open the scoring against Kosovo and is priced at 14/5 to do so.
However, delve a little deeper into the stats and you will see that Kane has only netted the opening goal on two occasions. That’s the lowest number by any player in the top five leading goalscorers and that’s enough to make you want to play it safe and back him to net anytime at 17/20 instead.
Goals galore between Kosovo and England
For a long time England games were a turn-off for neutrals, with the entertainment factor and style of play proving to be a struggle when up against the gloss of the Premier League. The same can’t be said for Gareth Southgate’s side. With seven games played, his Three Lions have netted a whopping 33 goals and all but sealed top spot in Group A.
Czech Republic sit second in the table going into the final round of fixtures, but despite beating England, they still find themselves three points and a further 24 goals behind their counterparts. Attack has definitely been the best form of defence for England with 23 goals in their last five games.
Kosovo are also putting on a show for the neutrals, with 25 goals striking the back of the net in games involving them in qualification so far. That’s an average of over 3.57 a game and with England’s total goals per game averaging 5.57, the 7/4 available on over 3.5 goals in the game looks tempting.
Is football coming home?
Those impressed with England’s qualification campaign of six wins in seven games and a goal difference of +27 can back the Three Lions to win Euro 2020 at 9/2. Only France, who qualified with seven wins from a possible nine and netted 23 in the process, are a shorter price at 7/2.