With less than a year to go before Euro 2020, the qualifying is hotting up as teams bid to join next summer’s pan-European party.
Here’s our preview of the key action to come over the next few days with precious points up for grabs in the race to qualify.
Euro 2020 Qualifiers Preview – September 2019
ENGLAND VS BULGARIA – Saturday, 6pm
The lowdown Gareth Southgate’s side are still sitting pretty at the top of the group despite playing catch-up with the rest of Group A after their disappointing Nations League Finals hiatus. The England boss will be expecting his Three Lions side to pull further clear at the top of the group with two back-to-back home games that look eminently winnable against Bulgaria and Kosovo. Bitter experience means he will know better than anyone that complacency can often make England their own worst enemy.
Southgate continues to put his faith in young players with call-ups for James Maddison, Mason Mount and Tyrone Mings. England’s opponents on Saturday currently sit rock bottom of Group A but are going through a transitional period themselves. Only 10 players in their current squad have been capped more than 10 times in a Bulgaria shirt. Could that inexperience prove costly at Wembley?
Verdict: England’s class to eventually tell. 3-0.
Best Bet: England to be leading 1-0 after the first half at 99/50.
GEORGIA VS DENMARK – Sunday, 6pm
The lowdown A game that could have huge implications for Ireland’s bid to reach a third consecutive European Championship. Given the gulf in class between the two sides, it seems unlikely the Georgians will be able to offer Mick McCarthy’s side a helping hand in Tbilisi. However, the Danes have struggled to assert their authority in a group many expected them to sail through with relative ease after reaching the knockout stages in Russia last year.
That said, a morale boosting 6-0 win over group whipping boys Gibraltar on Thursday sends Åge Hareide’s side into this game full of confidence, and they shouldn’t have to move up too far through the gears to grab a comfortable away win here. Saba Lobzhanidze briefly brought the Georgians level in the reverse fixture before the floodgates opened in a 5-1 thumping. That suggests both teams to score could be the value bet.
Verdict: Denmark to keep the Irish sweating for a little longer in Group D. 1-3.
Best Bet: Back both teams to score at 123/100.
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