Czech Republic vs England: Three things to expect from the Euro 2020 qualifier

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England have had a perfect start to their Euro 2020 qualification process. Four wins out of four, and a goal difference of plus 15, after big wins against Bulgaria and Kosovo at Wembley and St Mary's respectively.

Although the Kosovo game showed that, while England can score goals for fun, they have defensive frailties that can be exposed. Both Harry Kane and Michael Keane made a number of mistakes, that took a 5-1 half-time lead, and saw the game end 5-3.

Maguire is a favourite of England manager Gareth Southgate, so it would seem that Michael Keane would be favourite to lose his starting spot. Chelsea's 21-year-old Fikayo Tomori is featuring in his first England senior squad, and Tyrone Mings could also feature ahead of Keane.

As mentioned, England aren’t struggling for attacking options at the moment.

Southgate seems to have settled on Harry Kane, Jadon Sancho, and Raheem Sterling as his attacking three. All three were on the scoresheet against Kosovo, and although Callum Wilson and Tammy Abraham will be looking to stake their claims against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria on Monday, unless there is an injury to the aforementioned three, it may be from the bench that Wilson and Abraham have their impact.

Abraham's Chelsea teammate Mason Mount has impressed for the Blues this season, and as he has pushed Ross Barkley out of the Chelsea team, Mount could do the same to his teammate at international level, with Southgate looking at starting Mount in the number 10 role against the Czech Republic.

Mount, who came off the bench in the wins against Bulgaria and Kosovo, impressed Southgate with his performances and will be in line for his full debut for the Three Lions.

One player who will definitely miss out is Leicester City’s inform playmaker James Maddison. Maddison, who could have a big part to play in future England midfields, had to withdraw from the squad due to illness (following the earlier withdrawals of Fabian Delph, and Tom Heaton) This will be a disappointment to both Southgate and Maddison, as the Tigers man has yet to make his senior bow for the England team.

With all of the above in mind GIVEMEBET presents three things to consider for the Czech Republic England game.

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  • England to win and both teams to score 37/20 with GIVEMEBET. England have kept two clean sheets so far in Group A. But against Kosovo they looked vulnerable in defence, and Czech Republic could look to take advantage of England’s defensive issues.
  • Raheem Sterling to score the first goal 4/1 with GIVEMEBET. The sky is blue, the grass is green, and Raheem Sterling scores goals for England. Sterling has scored in every game in Group A so far (six in total) and you’d be hard pressed not to find Sterling on the scoresheet in this game. He got the first goal against the Czech Republic at Wembley in March, and he could easily repeat the feat on Friday
  • England to win by four goals or more 19/2 with GIVEMEBET. So far England have won three of their four qualifying games by four goals or more. They have also scored four or more in every game they have played in Group A. With an attacking force of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Jadon Sancho, England have plenty of goals in them.

*Odds correct at time of publishing. 18+ BeGambleAware.org

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