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Albania vs England Predictions & Tips - Three Lions tipped to win to nil

  • Albania vs England predictions for Sunday's World Cup qualifier
  • The match is being played at Loro-Boriçi Stadium (5.00pm BST)
  • England have kept a clean sheet in 9 of their last 12 matches
  • The Three Lions are tipped to win to nil and cover a -1 handicap
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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England are tipped to win to nil (Getty Images)
Gary Emmerson 27 Mar 2021
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Albania vs England Predictions


England should have scored more than the five they got against San Marino on Thursday. Playing some fluent attacking football, they are tipped to cover a -1 handicap against Albania.

With nine clean sheets in the last 12 matches, a win to nil is value. Harry Kane is also tipped for goals having sat out the victory over San Marino.

  • England have scored 45 goals in their last 15 matches (all competitions).
  • England have kept clean sheets in 9 of their last 12 matches (all competitions).
  • England's Harry Kane has scored 32 goals in 51 internationals (all competitions).
  • England have won all 4 previous matches against Albania (all competitions).
  • England have won to nil in 3 of their previous 4 matches against Albania (all competitions).

Head to Head


England have won all four previous matches against Albania, three of them to nil.

The most recent was a routine 2-0 home win in 2001 in a World Cup qualifier. England also won 3-1 in the reverse fixture in Albania.

Albania Form


Albania made it four wins in a row when winning their FIFA World Cup qualifying opener 1-0 against Andorra on Thursday.

Ermir Lenjani got the only goal of the game for Edoardo Reja's side, who are unbeaten in their last six matches.

The latest win followed victories over Kosovo 3-1 in a friendly and UEFA Nations League successes over Kazakhstan 3-1 and Belarus 3-2.

Albania have also recorded 0-0 draws with Kazakhstan and Lithuania in their recent run.

Albania Team News


Veteran striker Sokol Cikalleshi will be Albania's chief threat having scored 10 international goals.

Ermir Lenjani was the hero on Thursday with his goal securing a 1-0 win over Andorra in their opening World Cup qualifier.

Albania Squad


Goalkeepers: Etrit Berisha, Thomas Strakosha, Gentian Selmani
Defenders: Elseid Hysaj, Berat Djimsiti, Freddie Veseli, Arlind Ajeti, Ardian Ismajli, Hysen Memolla, Marash Kumbulla, Albi Doka
Midfielders: Odise Roshi, Ledian Memushaj, Ermir Lenjani, Keidi Bare, Klaus Gjasula, Ylber Ramadani, Qazim Laçi
Forwards: Sokol Cikalleshi, Rey Manaj, Myrto Uzuni, Armando Broja, Florian Kamberi

England Form


England made an expected winning start to the FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign when defeating San Marino 5-0 at Wembley on Thursday.

Gareth Southgate's side had 31 shots at goal and 15 on target in a one-sided game. James Ward-Prowse, Dominic Calvert-Lewis (two), Raheem Sterling and debutant Ollie Watkins got the goals.

England were 4-0 winners over Iceland when last in action in their previous international in November in the UEFA Nations League

Back-to-back defeats in Group I had meant England were unable to qualify for the play-offs. They lost 1-0 at home to eventual group runners-up Denmark were beaten 2-0 in Belgium as the Red Devils topped the group.

England Team News


Captain Harry Kane sat out the win over San Marino, but will return to the England attack. Harry Maguire is also expected to start.

Reece James, John Stones, Mason Mount and Raheem Sterling all featured for only 45 minutes against San Marino, indicating they will all start on Sunday.

Marcus Rashford has been ruled out of the three games in this international break due to an ankle injury.

Bukayo Saka and Kyle Walker are also unlikely to feature in Albania, while Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has been left out of the squad.

Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, midfielders Jordan Henderson and Jack Grealish and forwards Jordan Sancho are ruled out with injury.

England Squad


Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson, Sam Johnstone, Nick Pope
Defenders: Ben Chilwell, Conor Coady, Eric Dier, Reece James, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham, Phil Foden, Jesse Lingard, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, James Ward-Prowse
Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin,  Harry Kane, Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling, Ollie Watkins

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Verdict

England have been strong defensively, keeping clean sheets in 9 of their last 12 internationals. That makes a win to nil and -1 the best bets. Harry Kane should return and is tipped for goals.

Best Bet: England Win To Nil To Win To Nil @-111.11 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: England -1 Handicap @-109.89 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units
First Goalscorer Tip: Harry Kane First Goalscorer @250.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit

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