World Cup Qualifiers : England Vs Albania Match Preview, Line Ups, Match Info

England Vs Albania
(World Cup Qualifiers)
1.15 AM IST (UTC +5:30)
Wembley Stadium

Full Time
Man Of The Match - Harry Kane
England XI : 
Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, James, Phillips, Henderson, Chilwell; Sterling, Foden; Kane.
Albania XI:
Berisha; Hysaj, Ismajli, Kumbulla, Veseli; Ramadani, Bare, Bajrami; Roshi, Broja, Uzuni.


Match Preview

England’s main stars are far from their best shape. Harry Kane has scored just one goal since the beginning of the Premier League season, while neither Jack Grealish nor Raheem Sterling have been in Manchester City’s starting line-up in the recent affairs.

Knowing how tough Albania have been to break down recently, we are tempted by the 2.50 odds offered for the visitors not to lose by two or more goals difference.

England vs Albania Head-to-head

  • Albania have never caused any problems to the English national team.
  • England won each of five head to head clashes with an impressive 14-1 goal difference in the process.
  • Nonetheless, it is worth noting that England had just four attempts on target in a 0-2 win over Albania in March this year.

England vs Albania Predictions & Analysis

England have a chance to lock one of the top two spots in qualifying Group I on Friday evening when they host Albania in the 9th round of the campaign.

The Three Lions sit atop the group standings with six wins and two draws from eight outings so far.

They are three points clear off the second-placed Poland and five points above Albania in third ahead of the final two fixtures of the campaign.

A win here would likely secure the top spot in the group for Gareth Southgate’s men who would then have the clash against underdogs San Marino remaining in the last round.

Nonetheless, the Three Lions should by no means take things for granted here against Albania who have shown some tremendous defensive form throughout this entire campaign.

The Albanians stunned Hungary with two separate 1-0 wins in September and October. They fell 0-1 at home to Poland in the previous round only after conceding a late goal in what was the only shot on target by the Polish team.

England, on the other side, slipped up in two of the last three qualifiers they’ve played. They shared spoils with both Poland and Hungary along the way (two 1-1 draws).

Key Stats for Betting

  • England drew in two of the last three World Cup Qualification games.
  • They did not shine in a 1-1 draw at home to Hungary in the previous round.
  • Albania conceded only one goal in the last four World Cup qualifiers.
  • This is the clash between the top two defensive lines in the group.

Score Prediction

ENGLAND  [ 2 ] - [ 0 ] ALBANIA

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