Prediction and odds for the game: England (1/200) vs Andorra (66/1)
England to score over 5.5 goals at odds of 6/4
When: Sunday, 5th September 2021, Kick-off 17:00
Where: Wembley Stadium
On Sunday evening, England host minnows Andorra at Wembley Stadium in what is a stereotypical David vs Goliath encounter from Group I of European qualifying for World Cup 2022.
Gareth Southgate look set to cruise through another World Cup qualifying group. The Three Lions have won all four of their games in Group I at an aggregate of 13-1. It seems it may be an achievement for a team to score past them in qualifying as it stands.
England overcame a partisan crowd in Budapest last time out, as four second-half goals saw them run out comfortable wins against Hungary. The victory means that the Three Lions are now undefeated in their previous 25 World Cup qualifiers, having won eight straight matches in qualifying.
That good record in qualifying has been built on a solid defensive platform, as well as an attacking one, as England have kept clean sheets in six of their last eight qualifiers.
The home team are also a formidable force on home soil when it comes to qualifying. They head into this clash at Wembley undefeated in their previous 25 World Cup qualifiers at home. That record goes back 21 years to when Germany recorded a 1-0 at the old Wembley back in 2000.
The visitors are the complete opposite of England when it comes to the international game. Understandably the visitors have struggled to make a mark on the international game, simply due to a lack of players.
However, the visitors head into this game on the back of a rare qualifying win, as last time out Andorra recorded a 2-0 win over fellow minnows, San Marino. The win was historic as it was just their second victory in 43 World Cup qualifiers. The victory also broke a seven-game losing streak for Andorra in World Cup qualifying.
This game is a far bigger challenge for the visitors than facing San Marino. The visitors will hope to put in a good performance and head home with their heads held high.
Andorra have not won in their 27 away games in World Cup qualifying. In fact, they have only ever avoided defeat on their travels in qualifying once, when they claimed a goalless draw against Macedonia back in 2005. They have also scored in just one of their last 18 World Cup qualifiers on their travels.
This is one of the biggest miss-matches of the international game. The odds show just how much difference there is in the quality of the two teams. We are not going to even bother with the match odds for this one. Instead, we are going to look at the scoring odds.
With very little value in the market, we are taking a punt on centre-back Harry Maguire being an anytime goalscorer at odds of 11/4. The Manchester United defender is usually a threat from set-pieces, as he showed by scoring in the win over Hungary last time out. We are also backing England to score over 5.5 goals, as Southgate’s team once again looked sharp in attack last time out.
Our tips: England to score over 5.5 goals at odds of 6/4 and/or Harry Maguire to be an anytime goalscorer at odds of 11/4. (All odds are taken from Bet365).
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