No team in Europe has a longer unbeaten run than… Kosovo.
The Kosovans count the scalps of Bulgaria and Czech Republic in their 15-match unbeaten run, yet bookies pools.com make them a whopping 33/1 to win at St Mary’s against England and 11/1 to salvage a draw.
So have the bookies underestimated Europe’s most in-form team?
In a word, no.
Saturday’s come-from-behind victory over the Czechs needed two goal-line clearances and an inspired display by Nottingham Forest keeper Arijanet Muric.
England put five past the Czechs in March.
The 3-2 win in Bulgaria came courtesy of a 92nd minute Elba Rashani winner.
England coasted to a four goal win over the same opposition on Saturday.
And they were the strongest opposition faced by Kosovo in that 15-match sequence, with Azerbaijan, Malta, Faroe Islands, Albania, Burkina Faso and Madagascar all dispatched.
But Kosovo are battlers, they do have spirit and resolve and they do offer an attacking threat.
Kosovo have scored in all of their qualifiers and put three past Bulgaria in Sofia.
Which makes England to win and Both Teams To Score an appealing 11/4 shot with thepools.com.
Bulgaria were well beaten at Wembley, but still carved out a few chances with Jordan Pickford forced into a couple of excellent saves. Kosovo are quite capable of making one of their chances count.
Goalscorers? You can’t really look further than the in-form England duo of Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane. The last time Kane failed to score in an international on home soil was against Switzerland at The King Power Stadium last September.
As a result 13/8 first scorer is a solid tip, certainly better than the way-too-short 4/11 any time scorer.