England Could Take Giant Stride Towards Qualification
Last updated: October 6, 2021 by Leon Marshal
|Last Meeting:||England 4 – 0 Andorra|
|Competition:||World Cup Qualifiers|
England will be hoping to continue their impressive World Cup Qualifiers campaign as they travel to the Estadi National in Andorra. Gareth Southgate’s team has five wins and one draw and is four points clear at the top. The Three Lions are expected to make light work of Andorra, who have just one win to their name.
Andorra sits second from bottom in the World Cup qualifier group I. They lost 4 – 0 the last time the two sides met back in September at Wembley Stadium. Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard scored twice, and Harry Kane scored from the penalty spot, with Bakayo Saka also on target.
Andorra’s have just one win that came in their 2 – 0 win against San Marino. However, in the six games they have played, they have managed to score in three of them, managing four goals, three of them coming at home, so perhaps England needs to guard against complacency.
A busy shift for the defences as they will be against a talented English attack that could easily turn into a goals galore game with the lethal attackers on the opposition side.
Marc Vales, who plays for the Norwegian club Sandefjord Football was the scorer of both goals in their only win in the qualifiers, and he is their most valuable player. He is a central defender but has played as a defensive midfielder and could help keep the guard up for the team rather than having aspirations of scoring goals.
Aaron Sanchez started upfront for his nation the last time when they faced The Three Lions and could start up front once again. However, the 25-year-old is not a player in form. In the 181 minutes he played in the World Cup qualifiers, he failed to get a shot on goal and had a passing percentage rate of just 53.3%.
In the game they played against England, they were dominated, managing just eleven per cent possession and had just a single shot in the entire match, but this could be a different ball game on their turf. With qualification out of the question for the hosts, they will be playing for pride in front of their home fans and try to put on a good show.
Gareth Southgate’s side has won five of the six World Cup qualifiers. They are the fourth-highest scoring team scoring eighteen goals and conceded just two goals so far. They have dropped points once, drawing 1 – 1 against Poland, who are their biggest challengers in the group, you would think. Albania sits second in the group and has been the surprise package that will make the group interesting.
The Three Lions have sixteen points, four more than second-placed Albania, with only four games remaining. With fourth-placed Hungary up next after Andorra on Tuesday, qualification could be all but secured by the next international break.
The England team could look quite different to the team we would expect to see. Harry Kane has had a slow and difficult start after missing out on a transfer to Manchester City. The captain is yet to score or assist in the Premier League after topping the tables in both departments last season. However, Tammy Abraham has been called up to the squad after his excellent form under Jose Mourinho at Roma. It wouldn’t be beyond the realms of possibility if the 24-year-old were given a run-out against Andorra. The former Chelsea man has two goals and two assists in the seven games he has played in Serie A.
Ben Chilwell is another player who wasn’t originally in the squad that Southgate announced last week but was added to the squad after Reece James was ruled out with injury. The 24-year-old has only played 90 minutes in the Premier League this season but excelled in Chelsea’s 3-1 win against Southampton and scored Chelsea’s third to make the game safe with a minute left on the clock.
Raheem Sterling has just one goal in seven games this season, while Manchester United’s new star Jadon Sancho is also yet to make his mark. In addition, Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire are injured. So we might see a very different England team for the qualifiers, it will be interesting to see whether the gaffer sticks to his regular starters or if he will give the new lads a chance.
Harry Kane tops the goal scoring charts for the team with five goals, and one assist in five games has the best returns for the team with a sixty-seven per cent shot accuracy.
Harry Kane has scored five goals is the top scorer on the pitch but is yet to have a goal involvement this campaign for his club; with concerns over the Andorra pitch, he may be rested.
England tops their group and is four points clear at the top.
Despite being a defensive player, Marc Vales has two goals and is Andorra’s best man in front of goal.
Andorra are a poorly disciplined side and has had nine suspensions during the qualifiers.
|Andorra (4-5-1):||Gomes, Garcia, Llovera, Garcia, Rubio, Cervos, Moreno, Rebés, Pujol, Martinez, Cucu|
|Subs:||Alvarez, Llovera, Alaez, Pujol, Viera, Fernandez, Gomes, Lima, Alburquerque, Clemente, Costa, Palau, Cuadros|
|Not available:||Viera, Alavedra, Nicolas|
|England (4-2-3-1):||Pickford, Trippier, Stones, Mings, Chilwell, Mount, Henderson, Foden, Sterling, Watkins, Grealish|
|Subs:||Henderson, Johnstone, Coady, Shaw, Tomori, Walker, Lingard, Rice, Kane, Saka, Sancho, Abraham|
So Far This Season
|Andorra This Season||England This Season|
|1 (0)||Wins (Away)||5 (2)|
|2 – 0 v San Marino||Biggest Win||4 – 0 v Andorra|
|0 (0)||Draws (away)||1 (1)|
|0 – 4 v England||Biggest Defeat||—|
|Vales (2)||Top Goal Scorer||Kane (5)|
|Y21, R0||Discipline||Y8, R0|
|3||Failures to Score||0|
|0%||Both Teams to Score Games||60%|
|20%||Over 2.5 Goals||80%|
|80%||Under 2.5 Goals||20%|
- England and Andorra have played against each other five times, England has won all five.
- Southgate has been plagued with injuries and could feature a very fresh lineup.
- Andorra conceded four goals the last time the two teams met; Jese Lingard scored two.
- With Hungary up next on Tuesday for England, fringe players starting wouldn’t be a surprise.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|05/08/2021||World Cup||England 4 – 0 Andorra||Lingard 18’|
|10/06/2009||World Cup||England 6 – 0 Andorra||Rooney 4’|
|06/09/2008||World Cup||Andorra 0 – 2 England||Cole 49’|
|28/03/2007||Euros||Andorra 0 – 3 England||Gerrard 54’|
|02/09/2006||Euros||England 5 – 0 Andorra||Crouch 5’|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
Ranked 156th in FIFA’s rankings and a population of just 77,265, it would be a huge surprise if Andorra even manages to score against England. However, they have scored four at home during the qualification games, so perhaps England should guard against complacency, especially if they field an experimental side. The bookies have Andorra @ 40/1 to pull off a stunning win.
England is likely to have an eye on Tuesday’s game against Hungary, and Gareth Southgate could give some fringe players a run-out here. From a betting perspective, at 1/50 on, the only value in the betting market is betting on these fringe players in the goalscoring market.
If he starts, Tammy Abraham @ 4/7 to score anytime is worth a shot with William Hill, Jesse Lingard is also worth considering @20/21. An England 4-0 win @9/2 also appeals.