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Andorra vs England FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Tips - Three Lions tipped to win to nil

  • UEFA FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Group I match is scheduled at Estadi Nacional on Saturday (19:45 BST)
  • England lead the group with 16 points from 6 matches
  • England have never conceded a goal against Andorra
  • England blanked Andorra 4-0 in London last month
  • Andorra sit next to bottom in the group
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The Three Lions are expected to breeze past Andorra in their return match. (Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Unbeaten England can take another step towards automatic qualification for next year’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar when they face Andorra on Saturday night.

Gareth Southgate’s side are four points clear of Albania at the top of Group I with 16 points from six points.

The Three Lions are third in the world rankings following their run to the Euro 2020 final, so let’s see what their prospects are for Saturday’s match at Estadi Nacional.

England have won all five meetings with Andorra without conceding by an aggregate of 20-0 and are again favoured to win to nil for a sixth time.

Andorra won their first match in almost two years when they beat San Marino 2-0 at home last month and they scored in a 2-1 defeat in Hungary, but in between they lost 4-0 at Wembley so a similar outcome looks on the cards. The Andorrans have no more chance of automatic qualification having just earned three points. 

The Euro 2020 runners-up took until the 18th minute to break the deadlock at Wembley thanks to the first of Jesse Lingard’s two goals.

Southgate brought on Harry Kane, Jack Grealish and Mason Mount just after the hour with the score still 1-0, so with Hungary awaiting on Tuesday the England coach may save his senior players for the tougher game. 

With that in mind, three or more goals in the second half, as it was at Wembley just over four weeks ago, looks a possibility in this match.

Southgate went with a 4-3-3 in the first match against Andorra with Patrick Bamford making his debut, but the Leeds man is injured as is team-mate Kalvin Phillips who has been replaced in the squad by Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse.

Bukayo Saka and Lingard supported Bamford in attack, with Jordan Henderson, Jude Bellingham and Trent Alexander-Arnold in front of a back four comprising Tyrone Mings, Conor Coady, Kieran Trippier and Reece James, who has been forced to pull out with an ankle injury

Tammy Abraham and Ben Chilwell have been recalled and may get some minutes against the minnows.

Six of England’s players are odds-on to get on the scoresheet, including Kane, Abraham and Lingard, so that tells us what we need to know about the quality of the opposition. As ever it’s probably worth checking the starting line-up an hour before kick-off, but it seems likely Southgate will adopt a similar plan by keeping his powder dry for Hungary.

Andorra lined up in a 5-4-1 against England last month and are likely to field a similar system this weekend.  

Albert Alavedra, Marcio Vieira and Moises San Nicolas are all suspended but Christian Garcia, Marc Rebes, Chus Rubio and Marc Vales all return after serving their bans in their 2-1 loss to Hungary in Budapest last month. Vales scored both goals in their historic win over San Marino.

Verdict

We are backing England to win to nil. 

Best Bet: England To Win to Nil $1.25 at Ladbrokes Australia - 1 Unit
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