Although Andorra beat San Marino during the week that hardly takes away from their abysmal record. In qualification and Nations League matches, they’ve gone W3-D8-L77 from their 88 matches since the start of 2006, as eight of the 11 times they managed to pick up any sort of points it came against fellow minnows - Faroe Islands, San Marino, Malta, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Latvia (x3).
England built into their game during the week against a competitive Hungary side at Puskas Arena.
0-0 at half time without a single shot on target from either side tells you all you need to know about the opening 45 minutes, but it was Gareth Southgate’s men that took control of the second period.
Their form man from the Euros, Raheem Sterling, broke the deadlock as he also provided the decisive cross for Harry Kane to make it 2-0.
They didn’t stop there though as strikes from Harry Maguire and Declan Rice provided more crucial blows to run out 4-0 winners, putting them five points clear at the head of Group I.
England To Win To Nil
Andorra against the better nations who’re currently in the top 25 in the FIFA World Rankings have lost all 22 matches in qualifiers since 2006, as they conceded as many as 85 goals over those matches (3.86 goals per game) for just a total of three of their own.
That makes the win to nil the obvious choice but we’d also consider a substantial winning margin an option too.
Indeed, in 68% of those matches Andorra lost by three or more goals and we’d be astonished if this England side off the back of their dominant performance in Budapest can’t deliver a similar sort of result.
These two nations have only faced one another on four occasions, as the Three Lions have won those encounters by an aggregate 16-0, and that just spells out how we think this one is going to pan out.
Southgate will likely look to rotate a few of his first team players for this next encounter before a crucial fixture against Poland, which could pretty much seal their spot at the World Cup after just six matches.
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It is an impressive 20 wins from England’s last 21 unbeaten qualification matches at Wembley since 2012, scoring 70 goals and conceding just eight times over those encounters.
Against the weakest sides they faced over that period – San Marino, Montenegro, Kosovo, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia and Moldova – they won all 12 games, winning by more than two goals in 67% and netted four or more goals themselves in 75%.
ENGLAND TO WIN TO NIL
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