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Football tips: Best bets for North Macedonia v England

20 Nov | BY Adam Scriven | MIN READ TIME |
Football tips: Best bets for North Macedonia v England

Adam Scriven's best bets for England's Euro 2024 qualifier in Skopje include a win for Gareth Southgate's side with a goal for Phil Foden.

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England have already qualified for next summer’s European Championships but will be looking to end their campaign on a high when they visit North Macedonia on Monday night.

The Three Lions put in a below-par performance when getting the better of Malta 2-0 on Friday night and an improved showing will be their aim in this clash. 

England to win entertaining matchup

England have been almost perfect in their qualifying campaign for Euro 2024, with six wins in their seven games and a 1-1 draw away to Ukraine in the other.

That stalemate is the only game Gareth Southgate’s side have failed to win in the nine they have played since they were knocked out of the World Cup by France last year.

Being successful at a major tournament must be the ultimate aim for this side however, given the talent in their squad.

England should be able to finish this qualifying campaign on a high with a victory but don’t write off North Macedonia getting on the scoresheet. 

Both teams have scored in six of the Lynxes’ last seven games at home and they netted twice against Italy on Friday, with Janu Atanasov netting on both occasions.

To add to that, England have been vulnerable defensively away from home, conceding in six of their last seven road trips.

Take the hosts to get on the scoresheet in what should be another three points for the visitors.

Foden in fine form

Competition for places in wide areas is high in England’s setup but Phil Foden has started three of the last four Three Lions games and has continued to impress.

The Manchester City forward has five goals in all competitions for Pep Guardiola’s side and will want to improve his goalscoring record for his country, which is four from 30 games.

Marcus Rashford has failed to impress recently, Jarrod Bowen is injured and Foden is ahead of Jack Grealish at club level, so the 23-year-old could help nail down a spot in his country’s best eleven and is fancied to get on the scoresheet here.

High-scoring affair likely

England were unimpressive going forward against Malta but should be able to put that behind them in this clash.

Gareth Southgate’s side beat these opponents 7-0 in the reverse fixture and the Lynxes have been involved in some high-scoring clashes recently, with four of their last seven matches going over 3.5 goals.

The home side were beaten 5-2 by Italy last time out and another match with at least four goals could well follow here.

Best Bets

England to win and both teams to score @ 21/10

Phil Foden to score @ 9/5

Over 3.5 goals @ 5/4