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England vs San Marino Prediction & Match Preview

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25 March 2021 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET World Cup Qual

England and San Marino face each other at Wembley Stadium in a David-vs-Goliath clash. 


England qualified for Euro 2021 without any difficulties, and they are now eager to kick off their 2022 World Cup campaign in style. 

The Three Lions are a real force to be reckoned with at home, and we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field. 

Both Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa) and Sam Johnstone (WBA) have been given debut call-ups, while Jesse Lingard, John Stones, and Luke Shaw return to the squad.

As always, a man to watch in the home team will be Spurs attacker Harry Kane, who found the net in the 2-0 win over Aston Villa at the weekend. 

Even though Manchester United Marcus Rashford is likely to miss the game with injury, England should record an easy win in the opening match of their World Cup qualifying campaign.

England vs San Marino: Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams England San Marino played so far 4 matches.
England won 4 direct matches. San Marino won 0 matches. 0 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 6.00 goals per Match.

England vs San Marino Prediction

England in actual season average scored 2.26 goals per match. In 15 (83.33%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 13 (72.22%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

San Marino average scored 0.05 goals per match in season 2021. In 9 (81.82%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 8 (72.73%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

England's attack has been depleted following injuries to Jack Grealish, Jadon Sancho, Tammy Abraham, Harvey Barnes and Danny Ings, but the uncapped Ollie Watkins will hope to earn his first start for the national team here.

Indeed, this game gives Southgate the chance to call upon some up-and-coming starlets, so the likes of Phil Foden, Bukayo Saka and Jude Bellingham - who has been cleared to link up with the team - are all in line for starts.

Dean Henderson will hope to take advantage of Jordan Pickford's absence in goal, while Luke Shaw's excellent form for Manchester United should see him rewarded with a start on the left-hand side.

San Marino's mix of professionals and part-timers includes only three players who have ever found the back of the net for the country - Matteo Vitaioli, Filippo Berardi and Mirko Palazzi - and all three could line up at Wembley this week.

Elia Benedettini - who plies his trade in the Italian third division with Cesena - is likely to start in goal, while his clubmate Nicola Nanni is in contention to lead the line for Varrella.

England possible starting lineup:
Henderson; Coady, Mings, Dier; James, Phillips, Bellingham, Shaw; Saka, Foden; Watkins

San Marino possible starting lineup:
E. Benedettini; Battistini, Brolli, Simoncini, Palazzi; Gasperoni, Golinucci; Tomassini, Berardi, Vitaoli; Nanni


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