Albania vs. England – World Cup Qualifier, March 28, 2021
Having kicked off their World Cup qualifying campaign with a resounding win over San Marino, England will be looking to take control of Group I in Albania on Sunday, March 28.
Gareth Southgate’s men secured an easy 5-0 victory at Wembley on Thursday, while Albania picked up an important away win against Andorra.
After looking at the bookmakers’ odds, I will share my Albania vs. England prediction and betting pick.
Albania vs. England Odds
It’s safe to say that 10bet hasn’t sprung any surprises here. As expected, England (1.27) is the bookies’ obvious favorite to win this one, meaning Albania (10.00) heads into Sunday’s clash as the clear outsider.
Are the hosts good enough to snatch a draw (5.25)? Let’s get stuck into my Albania vs. England prediction.
Albania vs. England Match Preview
Albania backed up a successful Nations League campaign by kicking off World Cup qualifying with a win on Thursday. Ermir Lenjani scored the only goal of the game against Andorra, although Albania completely dominated the home side.
Not only did the Eagles finish the match with 74% possession, but they also limited Andorra to just one shot on target.
Following back-to-back Nations League victories over Kazakhstan (3-1) and Belarus (3-2), Edoardo Reja’s men come into Sunday’s clash on a three-game winning streak. The team’s performances have improved dramatically under Reja.
Looking at the bigger picture, the Eagles have only lost one of their last seven matches in all competitions, with a five-game unbeaten run marking a promising period for the country.
Granted, Albania hasn’t faced a team of England’s caliber for quite some time. But having picked up a series of positive results recently, Reja’s men will surely be confident of making life difficult for England.
As funny as it sounds, the Three Lions will probably be disappointed that they didn’t score more goals on Thursday.
Sure, England ended up sealing a comfortable 5-0 win over San Marino, seeing 85% possession in the process. But after racking up 32 shots (15 on target) against the world’s lowest-ranked nation, England could have reached double figures.
Ollie Watkins came off the bench to score a debut goal, while there was also a brace for Dominic Calvert-Lewin. James Ward-Prowse and Raheem Sterling got on the scoresheet, too, while San Marino failed to register a single shot on target.
Southgate’s men needed to bounce back on Thursday, having lost two of their three games leading into the WCQ qualifying campaign. With back-to-back wins now in the bag, England has the chance to take control of Group I.
Southgate is expected to name a much-changed starting XI this weekend, given that key players like Harry Kane and Harry Maguire stayed on the bench against San Marino. The fresh legs will only make it harder for Albania to compete.
Albania vs. England Pick
England to Win1.27
There is no denying that Southgate’s men will need to up their game against Albania. After all, the Eagles will undoubtedly pose England far more problems than San Marino. But let’s face it – anything other than an England win would be a huge shock here.
The hosts are likely to sit deep and frustrate England, but the Three Lions possess more than enough attacking firepower to break down Albania’s backline.