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Prediction: Andorra vs England

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions, World Cup 7 Oct 2021

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Verdict: England to score in both halves

Best Odds: 1/2

Bookmaker: Unibet

Smelling a golden chance on foreign soil this weekend, England will make the trip out to Andorra on Saturday night when they turn their attention back to World Cup qualifying duties.

Andorra

Starting with the hosts, while Andorra might have managed to land a 2-0 victory against Group I whipping boys San Marino on September 2nd, it appears that was just a minor boost for the European strugglers. Last seen getting hit with a deserved 2-1 defeat away at Hungary last month, despite grabbing a late consolation strike, the Tricolours are simply hoping to end this year’s campaign with a bounce. However, already knowing that they have stand no chance of securing a spot at next year’s World Cup finals, Head Coach Koldo Álvarez has seen his side lose five of their six qualifying contests. Blown away at Wembley last month against a heavily altered England side thanks to a 4-0 drumming, Andorra will face an overwhelming test on Saturday night. It should also be noted, this weekend’s hosts have now managed to win just one of their last 18 straight matchups across all formats, a run that stems all the way back to October 2019.

Team News

Andorra will be without Albert Alavedra, Marcio Vieira and Moises San Nicolas on Saturday with the trio serving a suspension.

However, the likes of Christian Garcia, Marc Rebes, Chus Rubio and Marc Vales could be in line to make their return this weekend.

England

As for the visitors, while England might be cruising their way towards a spot at next year’s World Cup finals, they will be looking for an immediate response on foreign soil. Throwing away the lead out in Poland last month and eventually having to settle for a 1-1 draw on their travels, Gareth Southgate’s side have still gained plenty of plaudits. Left heartbroken at Wembley over the summer as they watched Italy lift the European Championships crown, the Three Lions are still holding a four-point buffer at the top of the Group I table. Likewise, despite having to settle for a point against Poland on September 8th, the one-time Aston Villa defender finds his side enjoying a remarkable 27-match World Cup qualifying unbeaten run, a run that stems all the way back to October 2019. Landing that 4-0 romp when they faced off against Saturday’s hosts on home soil last month, there is no doubt that Southgate’s stacked squad will be looking to lay down another marker here.

Team News

Dealing with an injury issue, Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips has been replaced in Gareth Southgate’s squad by James Ward-Prowse.

Likewise, the Three Lions will also be missing Harry Maguire, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jude Bellingham.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides faced off at Wembley last month, a heavily altered England side picked up a 4-0 win.
    • Likewise, the Three Lions have won all five of their previous meetings against Andorra by an aggregate score of 20-0.
    • England are unbeaten in each of their last 27 straight World Cup qualifying matchups, a run that stems all the way back to October 2019.
    • Saturday’s hosts have lost five of their six Group I matchups, with their only victory coming against San Marino.
    • Likewise, Andorra have managed to win just one of their last 18 straight fixtures across all formats.

    Conclusion

    While England would have been disappointed to have had to settle for a 1-1 draw away in Poland last time out, the Whites will be smelling a golden chance here. Cruising their way towards a spot at next year’s World Cup finals, Gareth Southgate’s men rightfully open Saturday’s meeting as a landslide pick. Despite potentially making a host of changes once again this weekend, the Three Lions landed a thumping 4-0 win when they faced off against Andorra last month, and it is hard to see anything other than a similar outcome. Winning all five of their previous meetings against the Group I strugglers by an aggregate score of 20-0, we’re backing what should be another routine night’s work for Southgate’s men.

    Verdict: England to score in both halves

    Best Odds: 1/2

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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