England vs Albania: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview
England will look to all but confirm their qualification for next summer’s World Cup as they host Albania on Friday night at 7.45pm.
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England can all but confirm their spot at next year’s World Cup with a win in this game against Albania on Friday evening. The Three Lions are currently top of their qualifying group, three points above second-placed Poland with a four-goal better record in terms of goal difference and with just an away trip to lowly San Marino remaining.
It hasn’t exactly been plain sailing for England as they did drop points away in Poland and at home to Hungary last month, but it’s been almost a year since the Three Lions lost a fixture in normal time now (in the UEFA Nations League away to Belgium) and as more and more young players try to fight themselves into contention, Gareth Southgate has plenty of reasons to be encouraged by his side’s chances in Qatar next year.
Albania will not exactly be the easiest of opposition here though and they are still in with a chance of qualification themselves. Below England, Poland currently sit in the play-off spot on 17 points, which is just two more than 3rd placed Albania and there’s still a chance for Hungary down in fourth who possess 11 points at this juncture.
Edoardo Reja and his team kept themselves in the hunt for qualification with 1-0 and 0-1 wins over Hungary in September and October respectively and had they managed to hold onto a 0-0 draw against Poland last time out (the White-Eagles scored the game’s only goal in the 77th minute) they would now have a play-off spot in their grasp. As it is, they travel to London needing to cause a shock to keep any realistic hopes alive.
Albania vs England: Match Stats
England struggled in that last match against Hungary and although they will expect to beat Albania, Shqiponjat are well-drilled and difficult to break down, so we don’t expect a high-scoring game in the process. The reverse fixture in Tirana ended 0-2 to the Three Lions and we’re expecting a similar full time result as the two teams meet again at Wembley this Friday night.
Despite the presence of attacking stars like Romelu Lukaku, Mason Mount and Timo Werner, the top scorer in the Premier League for Chelsea so far this season has been Reece James. The in-form full-back scored twice in Chelsea’s recent win at Newcastle and followed that up by assisting Kai Havertz for the Blues’ goal in their 1-1 draw with Burnley last time out. We’re backing the 21 year old to carry some confidence into the international fixtures and score his first England goal here.
28 March 2021 – Albania 0-2 England (World Cup Qualifying)
05 September 2001 – England 2-0 Albania (World Cup Qualifying)
28 March 2001 – Albania 1-3 England (World Cup Qualifying)
26 April 1989 – England 5-0 Albania (World Cup Qualifying)
08 March 1989 – Albania 0-2 England (World Cup Qualifying)
This is just the sixth meeting between these two nations and the first in England since September 2001. Each of the previous fivehave taken place in World Cup qualifying, with England winning them all by an aggregate score of 14-1.