England V Andorra - Match Preview - 5th Sep 2021
On Sunday England face Andorra at Wembley and this comes after a convincing second half performance away in Hungary which after going in 0-0 at half time, they scored 4 second half goals resulting in a comfortable 4-0 victory against a tough Hungary side who gave many of the top nation’s problems during the European championships earlier this summer. Despite the victory, once again the main talking point after the game was the racism in which several players such as 18 year old Jude Bellingham were targeted once again by the Hungary fans.
Andorra came into the game on Sunday off the back of a 2-0 home victory against San Marino so despite being realistic about their expectations from the game they will go to Wembley with some kind of confidence that they can try and create what would be one of the biggest upsets in recent history of international football. Andorra will see this game as a chance to not only create an upset against the European finalists but also a chance to keep their hopes of qualifying for their first World Cup alive.
England will be confident that they can win the game on Sunday on their return to home since the Euros in which Wembley was such a building block for their success through the tournament and I’ll will also be the first time fans will be able to watch England at Wembley since the devastating defeat in the final against the Italians so therefore England will want to go out and not only win but win by a few goals in order to increase their goal difference in the qualifying group, however England may have to do this without Jadon Sancho, the newly signed Manchester United man missed the game in Budapest on Thursday night because of a knock he picked up during training.
Despite the possibility of Jadon Sancho not being available for the game, this could result in Jack Grealish starting back to back games for England on the left hand side of a front 3 because of the injuries to not only Sancho but Marcus Rashford and Phil Foden who missed out on Southgates selection for this squad due to injuries which have ruled them out of the start of the season for their clubs. The 100 million pound man (Grealish) may see Sunday as an opportunity to get his first goal in an England shirt and also a opportunity to show Southgate why he should be a starter in every England international in the future.
Southgate is expected to make a number of changes on Sunday from the team that won 4-0 in Budapest but however this doesn’t mean that it will be a weaker team or less capable team as it is well known that England have a huge amount of talented players who have a ridiculous amount of depth within the squad.
It may be an opportunity for fans to see Patrick Bamford get his first cap for the England’s senior team due to Dominic Calvert Lewin withdrawing from the squad with a injury that he has been suffering with since the start of the season (a broken toe) Sunday could also be a chance for Trent Alexander Arnold to play for England for the first time since being left with no choice but to pull out of the 26 man squad for the euros after picking up a hamstring injury in the final friendly game before the euros kicked off so therefore this game against a weaker opponent could give Trent the opportunity to show England fans what he has to offer in not only defensive and attacking areas but also set pieces, which was again shown to be a strength of England’s on Thursday after Harry Maguire scored another header from a corner.
How have England done in the past V Andorra?
In previous meetings between the 2 sides it is safe to say England have dominated this fixture going all the way back to 2nd of September 2006 when England won 5-0 at Wembley and the most recent fixture 10th of June 2009 which England this time won 6-0 in World Cup Qualifying. Despite the last fixture being over 12 years ago the gulf in class and ability between the 2 sides is still expected to be huge. Therefore saying Andorra are underdogs going into this one is an understatement but they will try and not only get their first win against England but will try and score their first ever goal against England. The gulf in class between these two nations could not be more evident, although Southgate will field far from a full-strength XI as he keeps one eye on the trip to Poland. Andorra’s fourth-ever competitive win was reason to celebrate in midweek, but they should be brought crashing back down to earth with a humbling in the English capital.
If you’re after value bets for the game then look no further. There’s some appealing bets with several bookies but the pick of the lot has definitely got to be Harry Maguire to score a header anytime, it was 3/1 and now is boosted to 4/1 with Skybet. This bet is well worth backing because as mentioned earlier, Maguire’s dominance in the air as shown once against against Hungary when Maguire beat his man to the ball and ended up scoring an header, and with the quality that England have from set pieces Maguire you’d be brave on backing against him bagging yet another header. Another bet we feel shouldn’t go unnoticed is Harry Kane to score a hat trick, this has been boosted from 2/1 to 5/2 with Skybet and he could have easily had an hat trick against Hungary on Thursday had he been more clinical. You wouldn’t back against him finding his shooting boots again against Andorra and the hat trick is definitely worth backing as Kane has scored 17 goals in just 13 qualifying games and Sunday is a perfect opportunity for him to add to this tally against a Andoroan side who have conceded 11 goals in their last 5 games in all competitions.
ENGLAND VS ANDORRA PAST MEETINGS:
2nd September 2006 – England 5-0 Andorra
28th March 2007 – Andorra 0-3 England
6th September 2008 – Andorra 0-2 England
10th June 2009 – England 6-0 Andorra
OUR TIPS FOR THE GAME:
England (-4 Handicap) @ 5/6 with 888Sport