England’s final game in qualification takes them to North Macedonia to take on the side currently 66th in the FIFA world rankings. England’s underwhelming performance on Friday got them another three points, but left much to be desired, with the slow, ponderous nature of the game excusable given the fact they’ve already qualified. Will tonight’s game give us slightly more to get excited about?
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Euro 2024 Qualifier: North Macedonia vs England
Monday 20th November, 7:45pm
National Arena Toshe Proeski, Skopje
Live on Channel 4
North Macedonia vs England Preview
England head to North Macedonia on Monday night with a simple goal – bagging just one point in their last Euro 2024 qualification match to secure a spot in Pot 1 for the draw.
The Three Lions have had a good run, racking up 19 points from seven matches to comfortably lead Group C and make it to next summer’s European Championship. On the other side, North Macedonia won’t be advancing, sitting in fourth place in the group. It should be a fairly simple assignment for the Three Lions.
But after the clunky and disjointed performance against poor opposition on Friday, I’ll be taking nothing for granted. The image of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Marcus Rashford colliding at full tilt perfectly summed up England’s awkward 2-0 victory over Malta.
Gareth Southgate played down the impact on the Manchester United forward, promptly substituting him for Cole Palmer. However, speculation arose about a potential start for Jack Grealish on the left wing, especially after the Manchester City player spent the Malta match on the bench.
England are missing some high-profile names, with Nick Pope, John Stones, Luke Shaw, Reece James, Jude Bellingham, and James Maddison notably absent. However, it’s worth noting that against Malta, Gareth Southgate chose to rest several key first-team players.
Expectations include recalls for Declan Rice and Bukayo Saka, while uncertainty lingers over Alexander-Arnold’s role in midfield. Southgate faced another setback as versatile right-back Kieran Trippier withdrew from the squad for personal reasons on Sunday.
In a curious move, AC Milan’s right-footed centre-back Fikayo Tomori was placed on the left side of England’s defence against Malta. If Southgate opts against revisiting that unsuccessful experiment, there’s a chance City’s Rico Lewis could make his senior debut.
This squad has every reason to be confident about significantly impacting next summer’s tournament. The European Championship is gearing up to be an intriguing competition, with the likes of France, Germany, Spain, and Portugal also capturing attention.
While Gareth Southgate likely has most of his Euro 2024 squad settled, a few spots are still up for grabs. Monday’s match holds particular significance, as a standout performance from a player could solidify their place in the side.
Latest Euro 2024 Qualifier Betting Odds
England, expectedly, lead the odds by a long way. They are 1.15 to win away from home and continue onto the Euros in fine form as a first-pot pick. For North Macedonia, they are 14.00 and massive underdogs, with the draw at 6.00.
In terms of goalscorers, the in-form Harry Kane leads the odds to open the scoring at 3.29 and is 1.59 to grab a goal anytime in the game. His England strike partner Ollie Watkins is 4.20 to open the scoring and bag his second-ever England goal.
North Macedonia vs England Betting Tips
Bet Builder: England to win, over 2.5 goals and Harry Kane to score anytime @ 2.10
England will be confident they can win this at a canter, and after a dull performance on Friday, the squad will want to put things right. They could bag a few goals here. England’s top goalscorer will want to continue his hot streak and you can see him getting at least one.
Bet Builder: England to win, over 1.5 goals and 8.5 corners @ 2.50
England will presumably have most of the possession in this one and have the opponents on the back foot for large parts of the game. There will be plenty of corners as they pepper the opposition’s goal.
Bukayo Saka to score anytime @ 2.38
His only England hat-trick came against North Macedonia in the reverse fixture. He is expected to return to the side and it’ll be no surprise to see him score.
*Odds subject to change.
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