England are tasked with continuing their unbeaten record in World Cup qualification Group I when they head to Andorra on Saturday night. The Three Lions have a perfect record against Andorra to date, and this would appear to be under little threat this weekend.
Where and when: Estadi Nacional – 9 October, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Andorra vs. England: ITV
Last time: England thrashed Andorra 4-0 when the teams met at Wembley last month, with Jesse Lingard netting a brace for the Three Lions and Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka also on target.
Andorra v England Predictions and Preview
Given the disparity in quality between these two sides, beating Andorra should really be a formality for England. The Three Lions have usually done what’s required of them under Gareth Southgate, and there isn’t much to suggest they’re going to come unstuck on Saturday.
England surrendered their 100% record in Group I in their last match away to Poland, conceding a last-gasp equaliser to draw 1-1. Even so, that was far from a disastrous result in their toughest match on paper in this World Cup qualifying group, and came on the back of successive 4-0 victories over Hungary and Andorra.
The English team were on a different level to the Tricolours at Wembley, and just a month down the line, not much has changed in the weeks since. England have won five of their opening six matches in this section, scoring 18 goals and conceding only two in the process.
The visitors are the overwhelming favourites for the victory in this Andorra v England preview, priced at 1/25 in the outright market. There’s little value in that, with a Three Lions win to nil coming in at a more palatable 1/4. You can get even money on Southgate’s side winning by four or more goals once again, while a narrow 1-0 away win is 7/1.
Back in the outright market, Andorra are a monstrous 149/1 for the win with some bookmakers, which would be one of the biggest upsets in English football history given the Andorrans are ranked 156th in the world, compared to the visitors in third. Even a draw would be a stunning upset at 37/1, albeit far from terminal for England’s qualification bid.
The Three Lions have a comfortable four-point lead over second-placed Albania heading into the latest round of fixtures, with Poland one point back in third. Andorra are second from bottom having only managed to avoid defeat once in six matches, in their 2-0 victory over minnows San Marino last month.
Considering they’re coming up against the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish this weekend, any form of result is highly unlikely for the hosts. Southgate may even decide to hand opportunities to fringe players such as Tammy Abraham, Ollie Watkins and James Ward-Prowse in this game, along with defenders Conor Coady and Fikayo Tomori.
One to watch for Andorra: Keep an eye on experienced Andorra captain Ildefons Lima. He is 41 years old and both the Tricolours’ record appearance maker and scorer, with 132 caps and 11 goals to his name. He is out at 40/1 to add to his tally in the anytime scorer market in these Andorra v England predictions.
One to watch for England: Jadon Sancho has made a slow start to his Manchester United career, but has received a show of faith from his international manager. Southgate may feel the 21-year-old could do with a confidence booster against Andorra, with the talented forward priced at 11/2 to score first should he be handed a start.
Long shot: England have so much more talent available to them, and they should be at least four goals better than Andorra once again here. The Three Lions have scored an average of four goals per game against the Tricolours over the years, conceding none at the other end, and are 19/4 to make it three 4-0 victories in their last four games. With Sterling scoring first, those odds rise to 25/1.