England vs Albania Prediction, Odds & Betting Tips (12/11/21)

England top the group heading into the penultimate round of qualifiers for Qatar 2022 and a win on Friday against Albania will practically guarantee that Southgate's men finish ahead of Poland. Albania will be desperate to secure a positive result at Wembley as they are only 2pts behind 2nd-placed Poland with two games till left to play.

Todays Betting Tips for England vs Albania

Here are our predictions for England vs Albania.

*Odds from NetBet are subject to change

England & Under 3.5 Goals

England have won all five of their previous games against Albania, including a 2-0 win when the two sides locked horns in March. Three of England's wins over Albania have produced under 3.5 goals and we're expecting the very same result on Friday. Under 3.5 goals have been scored in three of the host's and three of the visitor's last six matches in all competitions, so you can see why we're not expecting anymore than three goals in this game.

England to Win 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0

To go along with our first tip, we're also backing England to win 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 as NetBet are offering decent odds for this correct score bet. England have beaten Albania 2-0 on three separate occasions and we're also covered if the game ends 1-0 or 3-0 to the home side.

Harry Kane to Score

Tottenham's Harry Kane has scored more than any other England player during the qualifiers with 5-goals to his name as things stand. Three of those goals have been the first goals scored in games and we're backing England's captain to score the first goal against Albania on Friday.

All you need to know about England vs Albania

A win for England could secure top spot in Group I

England played out a 1-1 draw with Hungary last month but will have been disappointed not to have won the game. The visitors took the lead at Wembley via a penalty but Man City centre-back JohnStones equalised before the break. The game ended 1-1 and England remain unbeaten in Group I but still need a point to confirm their place at Qatar 2022. There was no room for Trippier or Sancho in Southgate's squad for the final two qualifying games this week. The Man Utd winger has struggled to make an impression on the Premier League since his move from Dortmund and it appears as if Southgate has decided to go with other options until Sancho rediscovers his form.

Albania really needed a positive result last time out against Poland but ended up losing in their own backyard 1-0 to a second-half effort from Swiderski. That result moved Poland above Albania in the table and means its going to be tough for Friday's guests to finish in the top two unless Poland or England have a bad finish to their qualifying campaigns.

Team News

England: Kieran Trippier, Eric Dier, Jesse Lingard, Jadon Sancho and Ollie Watkins have not made the England squad for the final two qualifiers.

Albania: Berat Djimsiti, Arlind Ajeti, Amir Abrashi, Ledian Memushaj and Rey Manaj are missing for the visitors.

England vs Albania: FAQ

england vs albania

  • Who are the favourites to win? – England are the clear favourites to win on Friday.
  • What was the score when these two teams last met? – Albania 0-2 England, 28/3/21.
  • What time is kick-off? – 19:45 GMT, 20:45 CET.

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A lifelong Evertonian, James started writing for an Everton fan site in the mid-2000s and then developed his own blog covering football transfers from across Europe's big leagues before becoming a regular match preview and betting tips writer for Biggest Free Bets. James moved to Free Super Tips next, and then Racing Post, where he worked as a full-time writer for a few years, taking on extra responsibilities such as creating the schedule and assigning out work. Following that, James wrote for a number of websites including Fore Bet before joining Football Whispers in December 2020.