England leads Group I of the World Cup qualifying tournament by four points. They visit Andorra, who are in fifth place with three points and will not be visiting Qatar next year. After this match, England has three more games to play. They host Hungary next week, then Albania at home and San Marino away the following month. England should be able to win the group with two wins in the coming week. In this encounter, Gareth Southgate will use some of his fringe players. Andorra, who have already conceded 14 goals in this group, can be easily defeated by even a virtual reserve team.
In 16 games over 90 minutes, England remains undefeated. They haven't lost a World Cup qualifying match since 2009, and 27 games have been played since then.
In this group, Andorra has at least one win. Last month, they defeated San Marino 2-0 at home, with Marc Vales scoring both goals. Since overcoming Moldova two years ago, the team has gone 16 games without a win.
Andorra, unlike San Marino, does not usually lose decisively, with fewer goals scored in 10 of their last 12 World Cup qualification games played at home. Only Hungary has scored more than twice against them in the last eight. In all competitions, they have scored fewer goals in eight of their last 11 home games. Andorra is aiming for a third consecutive clean sheet at home.
This encounter against Andorra will provide England three additional points. But will it be a landslide victory? Andorra does not always lose decisively, with fewer goals scored in four of their six games in this group. They fell 4-0 at Wembley, but three of their goals came late in the game. With one eye on the harder home encounter against Hungary, England will field a depleted line-up. In this match, I believe England will defeat Andorra.
Kickoff Time: This match will be played tomorrow at 7:45 PM Nigerian time.
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