EURO 2024 QUALIFYING

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STAR FOOTBALL PREVIEW Mon: England v North Macedonia

England face their second match of the international break as they return to Old Trafford to take on North Macedonia in a EURO 2024 qualifying match.

As expected, England were comfortable in victory against Malta as goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harry Kane and Callum Wilson as well as an own-goal from Fernandinho Apap secured victory for the Three Lions in a one-sided affair.

One of the big talking points from the match, though, was the performance of Alexander-Arnold in a new midfield role. Donning the number 10 shirt, the Liverpool man oozed confidence and class in the central position; capping his display off with a wonderful long-range goal.

It will be interesting to see if Southgate decides to use Alexander-Arnold in that position once more on Monday night against North Macedonia or if he opts to shuffle the pack again.

Eberechi Eze made his first senior appearance for England on Friday night and the Crystal Palace man will be hoping to come into the starting XI for the second match of this international break.

England v North Macedonia
UEFA EURO 2024 Qualifier
19:45 Channel 4

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
OCT 2006 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP England 0-0 North Macedonia
SEP 2006 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP North Macedonia 0-1 England
SEP 2003 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP North Macedonia 1-2 England
OCT 2002 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP England 2-2 North Macedonia

North Macedonia got off to a fantastic start in their first match of the international break but, in the end, were left deeply frustrated.

They raced into a 2-0 lead against Ukraine – thanks to goals from Enis Bardhi and Eljif Elmas – but Ukraine fought back in the second-half to turn the match on its head and come away with a 3-2 victory.

Visar Musliu saw red in that frustrating defeat to Ukraine which, of course, means he will be suspended for this clash with England on Monday night. Al-Ettifaq’s Darko Velkovski is the most likely candidate to replace him, but will have his work cut out against England’s fearsome front-line.

To find value in this game, I am dipping into the correct scoreline market. Although I see this as another comfortable evening for the Three Lions, I don’t envisage it being quite as emphatic as Friday’s 4-0 thumping of Malta. For that reason, a 2-0 win at 5/1 with starsports.bet looks appealing.

As does Bukayo Saka getting on the scoresheet anytime at 23/20. The Arsenal forward has had a tremendous season and he will be looking to cap it off with a goal.

JOE CITRONE


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