On November 20, at the Toshe Proeski National Arena in Skopje, the match of the 10th round of qualifying for Euro 2024, in which the North Macedonian team will meet with the England team. The match will begin at 21:45 Kyiv time.
The North Macedonian team found itself in a too difficult group. It was difficult to perform well in it again, as in previous cycles. The Lions made their debut at the big tournament, playing at Euro 2020, and in the World Cup qualifying they were second in the group and even made it through to the playoffs against Italy, but were stopped by Portugal in the decisive round.
Now Milevski’s team has difficult opponents. The Macedonians, as expected, turned out to be stronger only than Malta (2:1 and 2:0) and lost not only to England, but also to Ukraine. In matches with the giants, they only took points from Italy, drawing 1:1 in the debut match of Luciano Spalletti. On Friday, November 17, the Macedonians again played with the Italians and ultimately lost devastatingly, 2:5. Although in the 74th minute the favorite’s advantage was reduced to a minimum.
The team spent this year with dignity – this was necessary to rehabilitate themselves for failures in the past. In 2022, the Three Lions failed in the Nations League, finishing last in their group. In Qatar they played some nice football, but finished in the quarterfinals. But before that there was a semi-final at the last World Cup and a defeat only in a penalty shootout in the Euro 2020 final.
Gareth Southgate’s team started the current qualifying campaign straight away, already in March beating both potential competitors – Italy away and Ukraine at home. Then the British also took maximum points, and only the away match with the yellow-blue team of Sergei Rebrova ended in a draw. As a result, already in October the British guaranteed themselves the right to play at the European Championship 2024. But, all the same, the coaching staff has now assembled the usual team, which scored a 2:0 victory with Malta.
Statistics of personal meetings
At the beginning of the century, in 2002–2006, the Macedonians drew their matches with England twice in four matches. But in June, Kane and company scored a 7-0 rout.
Bookmakers are waiting for another easy victory for the British. But he and Malta showed how they will play now. You can try betting on the home team with a handicap of +2.5 goals (odds – 1.68).
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