England resume their World Cup qualifying campaign with a trip to the Estadi Nacional for what should be another routine three points against minnows Andorra on Saturday evening.
Gareth Southgate’s side sit top of Group I with 16 points from their first six matches whereas Andorra have once again proved to be the whipping boys of the group, sitting second-bottom of the group with their only win coming against San Marino.
The Three Lions were left frustrated in their last outing against Poland when Robert Lewandowski struck to level the scores in the dying seconds after Harry Kane had put England 1-0 up in the 72nd-minute.
There is a fresh look to Southgate’s latest squad with defender Fikayo Tomori, striker Ollie Watkins and goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale all returning to the squad and Tammy Abraham and James Ward-Prowse also being added.
Abraham has enjoyed a superb turnaround in his career over the past few months. It wasn’t long ago that he was struggling to make the bench at Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel, but he has flourished since his move to Roma with four goals and three assists to his name already under new boss Jose Mourinho.
Andorra v England
FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifier
19:45 ITV / ITV Hub
(Maximum 10 matches)
SEP 2021 FIFA WORLD CUP England 4-0 Andorra
JUN 2009 FIFA WORLD CUP England 6-0 Andorra
SEP 2008 FIFA WORLD CUP Andorra 0-2 England
MAR 2007 UEFA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP Andorra 0-3 England
SEP 2006 UEFA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP England 5-0 Andorra
Yet again, Andorra have proved to be little more than whipping boys in Group I. Although they did secure a rare win against San Marino last month, they have been comfortably beaten in their other five fixtures.
It is hard to see that changing against England on Saturday. Nothing is a foregone conclusion in this mad and unpredictable sport, of course, but the possibility of Andorra securing a result against the EURO 2020 finalists feels incredibly slim.
This should be a comfortable, routine victory for England here. Without wanting to disrespect Andorra, it should simply be a case of how many goals the Three Lions win by unless an extraordinary upset occurs. We’re backing over 1.5 goals in the first-half and a correct score of 5-0 to England.
PROFIT/LOSS (OCTOBER 2021): LOSS -1.16 points
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