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Albania vs England Prediction & Match Preview

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28 March 2021 16:00 UK/ 17:00 CET World Cup Qual

England will be looking to cement top position in the Group I standings when they take on Albania at Loro-Borici Stadium on Sunday. 


The Three Lions faced no difficulties in a 5-0 win over San Marino despite the fact that Gareth Southgate rested several first-team regulars. 

Harry Kane returns to the starting XI against Albania, and we predict that the Spurs attacker will pose a big threat to the opposition defenders.

The Albanians, on the other hand kicked off their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 1-0 win over Andorra. 

Edoardo Reja’s troops, though, will have a much bigger fish to fry in Sunday’s clash, and seeing that England do not suit Albania, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the visiting team. 

It has to be noted that England emerged triumphant in each of the previous four meetings between the two national teams.

Albania vs England: Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Albania England played so far 2 matches.
Albania won 0 direct matches. England won 2 matches. 0 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 3.00 goals per Match.

Albania vs England Prediction

Albania in actual season average scored 1.11 goals per match. In 10 (66.67%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 7 (46.67%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

England average scored 2.33 goals per match in season 2021. In 12 (70.59%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 8 (47.06%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Empoli starlet Nedim Bajrami would have been hopeful of earning his first cap for the national team against Andorra, but a problem with documentation means that the playmaker is not eligible.

Etrit Berisha was given the nod in goal over Lazio's Thomas Strakosha against Andorra and should keep his place after a clean sheet, with Serie A duo Berat Djimsiti and Marash Kumbulla in for a taxing evening in the rearguard.

Qazim Laci replaced the veteran Ledia Memushaj off the bench in midweek and will be pushing for inclusion here, but Reja will likely save most of his changes for their trip to San Marino next week.

England lost Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Kyle Walker to injury before the visit of San Marino, and the latter remains a doubt for this game while Saka and Rashford have both been ruled out.

Nick Pope kept his fifth clean sheet in five appearances for England in midweek and should feature in between the sticks once more, while Reece James and John Stones should reprise their roles in defence after being taken off at half time on Thursday.

The duo could be joined by two fresh faces in Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw, while Declan Rice is expected to replace Kalvin Phillips in the middle, but Jude Bellingham's impressive cameo in midweek is unlikely to see him rewarded with a start.

Harry Kane was given a complete rest in midweek and should therefore replace Calvert-Lewin up top, while a frustrated Jesse Lingard will hope to be given another opportunity to find the back of the net, but he is under pressure from Phil Foden.

Albania possible starting lineup:
Berisha; Kumbulla, Djimsiti, Ismajli; Hysaj, Bare, Gjasula, Lenjani; Laci; Cikalleshi, Roshi

England possible starting lineup:
Pope; James, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Rice, Mount, Ward-Prowse; Lingard, Kane, Sterling

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