Football Predictions

Kosovo vs England preview, predictions & confirmed XIs as Hudson-Odoi starts

By Ollie Thomas

Published: 18:51, 15 November 2019 | Updated: 16:06, 17 November 2019

England’s qualifying campaign isn’t quite over yet.

Despite securing their spot at Euro 2020 on Thursday night (and ensuring that all their group games will be held at Wembley), England know that there is still work to be done.

A point against Kosovo should be enough to make England a top seed next summer and avoid the likes of Belgium or Portugal when the draw comes around.

Kosovo have a play-off spot guaranteed after their defeat to Czech Republic meant that the Czechs went through as group runners-up.

Read on for Kosovo vs England predictions, previews, team news and TV coverage information.

When is Kosovo vs England and where can I watch live?

Competition: Euro 2020 qualifiers

Venue: Pristina City Stadium

Date: Sunday, 17 November 2019

Kick-off: 5:00 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): ITV 1

Last five results: Kosovo

14 November 2019: Czech Republic 2-1 Kosovo (Euro 2020 qualifiers)

14 October 2019: Kosovo 2-0 Montenegro (Euro 2020 qualifiers)

10 October 2019: Kosovo 1-0 Gibraltar (Euro 2020 qualifiers)

10 September 2019: England 5-3 Kosovo (Euro 2020 qualifiers)

7 September 2019: Kosovo 2-1 Czech Republic (Euro 2020 qualifiers)

Last five results: England

14 November 2019: England 7-0 Montenegro (Euro 2020 qualifiers)

14 October 2019: Bulgaria 0-6 England (Euro 2020 qualifiers)

11 October 2019: Czech Republic 2-1 England (Euro 2020 qualifiers)

10 September 2019: England 5-3 Kosovo (Euro 2020 qualifiers)

7 September 2o19: England 4-0 Bulgaria (Euro 2020 qualifiers)

Ones to watch

Kosovo: Milot Rashica

At just 23-years-old, Rashica has a bright future ahead of him. The 23-year-old winger has already scored four and set up three more for Werder Bremen this season and represents by far Kosovo’s most potent attacking threat.

Key stat: Only Muriqi (4) has scored more goals than Rashica (2) during this qualifying campaign.

England: Raheem Sterling

All eyes will be on Raheem Sterling after his public falling out with Joe Gomez meant he was left out against Montenegro. Sterling has been in sparkling form for club and country this season and will be keen to put the off-field antics behind him on Sunday when he plays against Kosovo.

Key stat: Raheem Sterling has scored more goals than any Premier League player across all competitions in 2019/20 (14) and only Harry Kane (15) has been directly involved in more Euro 2020 qualifying goals (13) than Sterling.

Team news

Kosovo

Kosovo are likely to rest a large chunk of their starters following their defeat against Czech Republic. Besar Halimi impressed off the bench on Thursday and is expected to start.

Confirmed XI: Muric; Vojvoda, Rrahmani, Aliti, Dresevic; Kololli, Celina; Haderjonaj, Berisha, Rashica; Nuhiu

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England

England are expected to name a strong side in order to ensure that they win and end up in the top seed pot at the draw. Joe Gomez injured his knee in training so will miss out, as will Jordan Henderson, who has a virus. James Maddison is a doubt with a calf problem, whilst Nick Pope is expected to start in goal.

Confirmed XI: Pope; Alexander-Arnold, Maguire, Mings, Chilwell; Rice, Winks, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Hudson-Odoi, Kane, Sterling.

Squawka prediction

Kosovo have nothing to play for other than pride and England know they need a result. Kosovo won’t roll over too easily (as we saw in the reverse fixture) but expect an England win.

Scoreline prediction: Kosovo 0-3 England