Gareth Southgate’s march to the Euro 2020 finals continues when England face Bulgaria and Kosovo on home soil. As predicted, England have started almost perfectly, securing two wins from two, scoring ten in the process and only conceding against Montenegro in what eventually turned out to be a routine 5-1 victory.
Their first of two games during Septemeber sees Southgate come against a Bulgarian side who have so far failed to pick up a single victory, drawing twice and losing twice in their opening four matches. They look highly unlikely to qualify for the Euros and this should be all too easy for Southgate’s side.
England rarely concede in their qualification matches and this should be no different. In fact, England have won their last seven home games, conceding on just one occasion to Slovenia. International football betting puts the England team as one of the front runners to go on and win the Euros – the only nation at a shorter price are the current World Cup holders, France.
The win to nil market looks inviting, but so does the half-time/full-time in favour of Southgate’s side – who should be quick out the blocks, hoping to have the match against Bulgaria wrapped up as soon as possible.
Prospects for the squad
Looking at the squad Southgate has chosen, he is clearly keen to test out some of England’s youth players coming through for their respective clubs. Mason Mount, who featured for Derby County last season, has made a promising start back at his parent club, Chelsea, scoring twice in three Premier League matches to date.
Tyrone Mings, who achieved promotion back to the Premier League with Aston Villa, has also made a bright start in the Premier League and is in with a chance of winning his first cap. Oxlade Chamberlain seems to be over his injury which kept him out for large parts of the season last year, and he will add a much more direct threat through the middle for England.
Overwhelmed with emotion right now. I don’t know what else to say other than I’m incredibly proud to be called up to the @England squad. Thank you to everyone who has helped and supported me up to this point ðŸ¦ﾁ pic.twitter.com/KztXT4AsAW— Tyrone Mings (@OfficialTM_3) August 29, 2019
Best foot forward
Even though we don’t fancy Bulgaria to score, it doesn’t mean a little competition isn’t completely off the table. But as England have accumulated a respectable amount of goals across the team, there should be no reason for nothing but a demolition job here.
It’s difficult to suggest who will score first, as Southgate will likely experiment with his side over the course of the two games, and both Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling are likely to be both rather short in the market. Backing both over 3.5 and over 4.5 goals could prove to be the value bets, with plenty of young players wanting to show their worth and capabilities at what should be a packed out stadium at Wembley.
England will face Kosovo after their match with Bulgaria, and the game will be played at St. Mary’s in Southampton, rather than Wembley. Kosovo’s young goalkeeper, Arijanet Muric, is currently on loan at Nottingham Forest from Manchester City. Despite being highly-rated by Pep Guardiola, a few shaky performances for the Reds has seen him dropped early on in the season – something England will be keen to exploit.
Once again, we really don’t see Kosovo scoring, whoever England decide to field. England to win to nil looks another banker, as does half-time/full-time in favour of England. If Mason Mount is to be given game time during the 180 minutes of action, we will take a chance of the Chelsea prodigy bagging anytime. Frank Lampard’s already expressed his admiration for the young midfielder and his confidence will already be high after a positive start to life in the Premier League.
It should be two fairly routine victories for England, who will be hoping for another six points as they target the finals.