Preview & betting tips ahead of England’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Czech Republic

England kick-off their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign against the Czech Republic at Wembley Stadium on Friday night.

The Three Lions were outstanding in qualifying last time around after winning all 10 of their games en route to Euro 2016 while they also went unbeaten [W8 D2 L0] to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Therefore Gareth Southgate will be looking to maintain that excellent qualifying record for Euro 2020 but England get their campaign underway against a tricky Czech Republic side on Friday evening.

The visitors are arguably England’s toughest opposition in Group A and should be pushing for qualification themselves ahead of Bulgaria, Montenegro and Kosovo.

England come into the game off the back of three consecutive victories over Spain, the United States of America and Croatia and they have a superb record at Wembley so Southgate will be confident of getting off to a winning start.

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Chelsea attacker Callum Hudson-Odoi and Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse have been drafted into the senior squad after Fabian Delph, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, John Stones and Luke Shaw all pulled out through injury.

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson is still in the squad despite carrying a minor ankle injury while West Ham’s Declan Rice could earn his first cap after an impressive season.

Score prediction & betting tips

England only conceded one goal in their five home qualifying games ahead of Russia 2018 and with the likes of Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling, they will always be a threat going forward so we predict a 2-0 win here.

England are the 2/9 favourites to win the game with the Czech Republic available at 9/1. The hosts to win to nil looks a solid bet at odds of 7/10 while a 2-0 England win can be backed at odds of 4/1. Many leading bookmakers are offering free bets on this game so it’s certainly worth taking advantage of those offers to bag yourself some risk-free profits.

Kane is the obvious threat for England and we think the Tottenham hitman will be on target on Friday night. Kane is 21/10 to be the first goalscorer and 4/6 to score at any time during the game. If we add Kane as the first goalscorer in a 2-0 England win we get very tempting odds of 14/1.

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