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North Macedonia v England
North Macedonia host England in their second fixture of this international window, and anticipation is high for a captivating showdown to conclude the action in Group C.
The Three Lions, eager for redemption after an underwhelming victory against Malta, are determined to deliver a more polished performance on the field. While the home fans exude their usual confidence, England are the resounding favourites, poised to showcase their prowess and extend their unbeaten run.
North Macedonia, fresh from a thrilling seven-goal encounter on Portuguese soil against Italy, faces the challenge of regaining composure to finish off their respectable Euro 2024 Qualifying campaign.
The last time the two sides met resulted in England delivering a 7-0 clean-up, one to forget for Monday night’s hosts.
This game is likely to produce goals, but what else? There are a few bets that have caught our eyes for this one, and the Cheat Sheet has been a huge helping in finding them.
North Macedonia v England Cheat Sheet
This Cheat Sheet and Preview was created using predicted lineups.
Now, for our breakdown and preview with recommended bets…
🦁 Goals stats: England putting their power in reserve?
England throughout these Euro 2024 Qualifiers have been a revelation under Gareth Southgate, seven matches played, six wins and just one draw. They mathematically secured the top spot in Group C with their victory over Malta on Friday but this doesn’t mean they’ll put their foot on the brake.
We will likely still see a strong XI selected here with some younger players given a chance to get some more England minutes under their belts, but the core of first team players will remain, posing enough threat to hurt any side.
North Macedonia score an average of 1.29 goals per 90 and concede 2.71. They produce volatile games that have plenty of goals. The same goes for England but from a more dominant perspective, averaging 3.00 goals scored per game in qualifying.
The last result between the two sides was a 7-0 battering at Old Trafford. Bukayo Saka scored a hat-trick that day whilst Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Kalvin Phillips all contributed, so goals could come from anywhere on Monday night for the Three Lions.
🥅 Over 2.5 goals @ 1.36
🏆 England (-1.5 handicap) @ 1.40
🎯 Shooting stats: Look out for Kane and Saka
Sworn enemies by club representation but a delight to watch at international level, Tottenham’s former talisman and Arsenal’s golden boy. The two lead the ranks for shots on target stats by quite a distance.
- Bukayo Saka: 1.76 shots on target per 90 – averages 68 minutes per game
- Harry Kane: 1.73 shots on target per 90 – averages 82 minutes per game
Kane, in particular, is in incredible form at club level. He has taken the Bundesliga by storm with many suggesting he could break a few of Robert Lewandowski’s records at Bayern Munich. Scoring in eight consecutive games for club and country, Kane will likely be pivotal yet again to England’s attacking efforts here.
Trent Alexander-Arnold could also hold value in the shots markets. He has recently expressed his desire to play a more advanced central role as opposed to being England’s right-back and Southgate has shown confidence in that request. In a game with little stakes, we could see Alexander-Arnold thrive in the midfield role as he did against Malta. The Liverpudlian has continued his shooting form for Liverpool this season, averaging 1.64 shots at goal per 90 so we can expect him to be a goal threat in Monday’s matchup.
⚽ Bukayo Saka to score or assist @ 1.62
⚽ Harry Kane to score or assist @ 1.36
🎯 Trent Alexander Arnold 1+ shot on target @ 1.57
🚀 Trent Alexander Arnold 2+ shots @ 1.36
🛑 Fouls stats: Dimoski and Grealish a key battle
With Marcus Rashford likely to be out with an injury, it’s increasingly likely for us to see Jack Grealish in a more advanced role. He is a player who is constantly drawing fouls. He is England’s most fouled player per game, drawing in an average of 2.31 fouls per game.
Grealish’s potential dance partner for the game is Bojan Dimoski. He fouls 1.54 times per 90 on average.
What makes him relevant for this selection is the fact he could be up against Grealish. This instantly boosts a player’s chance of committing fouls and is always something that we look out for.
If you’re looking for an England player to commit fouls, look no further than Kalvin Phillips. He is a player who gets consistent international minutes, despite not playing for his club side. Gareth Southgate has a lot of trust in the midfielder.
He acts as the screen in front of the back four, or five, he can play that destroyer role and also work as a calmer ball distributor for his team. He always puts himself about physically, averaging the highest foul count of any England player (1.90) and he has played 64 minutes per game.
He’ll also be up against the talented Enis Bardhi who is fouled 2.09 times per 90, the highest average of any North Macedonia player.
🛑 Bojan Dimoski to commit 2+ fouls @ 2.0
🛑 Kalvin Phillips to commit 2+ fouls @ 2.10
* I recommend waiting for confirmed team line-ups before placing any bets.
* All odds displayed correct at the time of publishing.
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