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?EC Qualifiers: England vs Kosovo match preview & lineups

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The UEFA European Qualifiers are going on and tonight Kosovo is going to host England in Group A for the first time ever.

England

team have booked their place at next summer's tournament by thrashing Montenegro 7-0 on Thursday, while

Kosovo

lost their chance after a late collapse against the Czech Republic.

If you take a look at

Group A rankings

, you will see that

England

are currently on top with 18 points while

Kosovo

are in third place with seven points less than the leaders.

The teams’ news

What is up with England?

Back on Thursday, England could book their place for next summer's tournament after defeating Montenegro with a devastating result of 7-0 at Wembley.

The Three Lions have lost just one of their qualifiers, which came against the Czech Republic while winning six.

It also has to be mentioned that Raheem Sterling will start in Pristina after being forced to watch Thursday's match from the stands in the wake of his skirmish with Joe Gomez at the start of the camp.

Kosovo in details

On the other side of the pitch, there are Kosovo. Their recent home record is impressive as they are unbeaten on their own patch in Group A, winning three and drawing the other of their four qualification games there so far.

England absentees

In the case of the teams’ absentees, it has to be said that Gareth Southgate will also have a group of missed out players, including Loftus-Cheek, Heaton, Barkley, Henderson, and Gomez all due to injury.

It also has to be mentioned that Raheem Sterling will be back in the team for England on Sunday as announced by the coach. You may remember that he was out for the clash against Montenegro after his altercation with Joe Gomez.

Kosovo absentees

On the contrary, Kosovo head coach Bernard Challandes will lead his squad on the pitch, missing their all-time leading scorer Vedat Muriqi who is out due to injury. This is while Kryeziu, Kryeziu, Berisha, Zeneli, and Muriqi are also out, all due to injury.

Teams’ background

These are the facts worth mentioning from the history books:

This will be just the second-ever meeting between England and Kosovo, with the only previous one coming earlier in this EURO 2020 qualifying campaign, which was a 5-3 win for England in September.

England have only lost one of their last 24 competitive away games, with sixteen wins and seven draws, which was a 1-2 defeat in Prague against Czech Republic last month. The Three Lions have conceded in just nine games in this run, keeping a clean sheet on 15 occasions.

Kosovo were beaten by the Czech Republic in their most recent qualifier, while they haven’t lost consecutive games across all competitions since October 2017, which was a run of nine straight defeats.

England have netted 13 goals since last conceding one themselves, courtesy of their 6-0 and 7-0 wins against Bulgaria and Montenegro. Only once previously, have England managed to score six or more goals in three consecutive games, doing so back in June 1908.

England have scored 34 goals in just nine games in 2019. In fact. They only have scored more goals in 1908 with 39 goals and in 1966 with 38 goals.

Star facts

Going through the star facts, it has to be said that Harry Kane’s hat-trick against Montenegro last time out moved him on to 31 goals for England, making him one of only six players to have netted more than 30 for the Three Lions after Wayne Rooney, Bobby Charlton, Gary Lineker, Jimmy Greaves, and Michael Owen.

It also has to be mentioned that England captain has scored 11 goals for his country in 2019 with only George Hilsdon in 1908 and Dixie Dean in 1927 scoring more in a single year for the Three Lions which has been twelve.

Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane have combined on six England goals in EURO 2020 qualifying, with both players providing three assists for each other. In 477 minutes on the pitch together in this campaign, they have averaged a goal combination once every 80 minutes played.

On the other side of the pitch, it has to be mentioned that Vedat Muriqi has been directly involved in six of Kosovo’s last 10 goals in this EURO 2020 qualifying campaign, scoring four goals and providing two assists.

Possible lineups

Kosovo:

Muric, Vojvoda, Rrahmani, Aliti, Kololli, Halimi, Berisha, Hadergjonaj, Celina, Rashica, Nuhiu.

England:

Pickford, Trippier, Maguire, Stones, Chilwell, Henderson, Rice, Maddison, Sterling, Kane, Rashford.

England Key men

Harry Kane

As we have just mentioned, the Tottenham star can be considered as the most important player of the national team. He has already scored eleven goals and provided four assists in the seven EC qualifiers he has played this year.

Raheem Sterling

The 24-year-old player who plays as Manchester City winger is one of the bests who was out in their last national team. This year he has scored eight goals and provided five assists for the national team.

Kosovo Key men

Milot Rashica

The 23-year-old attacking midfielder is one of the bests who has scored two goals and provided one assist in The UEFA European Qualifiers this year.

Florent Hadergjonaj

The 25-year-old also kicks the ball for Huddersfield club as a right-back. This year he hasn’t been that lucky in the EC Qualifications as he hasn’t scored any goals while has provided just one assist.

Match info

Date:

Sunday, 17 November

​Time:

18:00 CET

Venue:

Stadiumi Fadil Vokrri

​Which team do you think will win the match? Leave your comment in the comment section.


source: SportMob
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