Betting preview: Andorra will rack up cards trying to contain much-changed England

Back Ollie Watkins to score and Three Lions to hit four as they move a step close to Qatar 2022 qualification against Andorra.

Gareth Southgate will have an opportunity to trial some of England's fringe players as the Three Lions travel to Andorra.

With the likes of Harry Maguire, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jude Bellingham, Kalvin Phillips and Reece James not included in the squad, Southgate could field a much-changed England side for this upcoming World Cup qualifying clash.

Ben Chilwell, James Ward-Prowse, Tyrone Mings, Ollie Watkins and Tammy Abraham are some of the names that will be champing at the bit to get an opportunity. What's more, Aaron Ramsdale could earn his first England cap after impressing for Arsenal in recent weeks.

When, where and how to watch

When: Saturday, October 9, 7:45pm BST

Where: Estadi Nacional

How to watch: ITV

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Best bets for Andorra vs England

England -3 handicap

England to score exactly four goals

Over 42.5 booking points

Ollie Watkins to score anytime

With England four points clear at the top of Group I, qualification for the 2022 World Cup shouldn't be anything more than a formality from this point on.

A win over Andorra would further strengthen Southgate's grip on qualifying and a win is certainly expected against one of the world's lowest ranked sides.

Previous England performances away against Andorra haven't exactly been convincing. However, considering the amount of quality at Southgate's disposal, nothing short of a comfortable win will do.

Bearing that in mind, our opening selection is to back the visitors in the handicap market, at around the 20/21 mark.

Last three meetings between Andorra and England

England 4-0 Andorra (World Cup Qualifier - September 5, 2021)

The last meeting between the two nations took place last month, with England securing a trouble-free 4-0 victory.

Jesse Lingard scored a brace, with further efforts from Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka helping the Three Lions to all three points.

England 6-0 Andorra (World Cup Qualifier - June 10, 2009)

In order to find an earlier meeting between the two, we need to go all the way back to 2009.

Back then, England secured another convincing victory, running out 6-0 winners at Wembley.

Wayne Rooney and Jermain Defoe both scored doubles, while further efforts from Frank Lampard and Peter Crouch closed out a successful outing for the Three Lions.

Andorra 0-2 England (World Cup Qualifier - September 6, 2008)

As mentioned earlier, England haven't exactly performed well away to Andorra.

Their last such meeting ended in a modest 2-0 win as Joe Cole's second-half brace helped the visitors to maximum points.

Last five head-to-heads

Andorra wins: 0

Draws: 0

England wins: 5

Andorra goals: 0

England goals: 5

Masters of the clean sheet?

While there are a number of differences between the two countries - size, geography and population for starters - there are also a number of very interesting similarities.

Both countries, for instance, aren't members of the European Union. Both are technically out of the Eurozone. And, from a soccer perspective, both of the national teams have kept two clean sheets from their last five outings.

Andorra's recent defensive heroics came in their goalless draw with Gibraltar and their 2-0 victory over San Marino - their first win since 2019.

The Tricolors were unable to continue their impressive defensive run as defeats to England and Hungary quickly followed.

The visitors haven't shown much quality in their last two away games against Andorra, but that is expected to change this weekend.

With England scoring nine goals across their last three games, our second selection is to back the Three Lions to bag four more at the Estadi Nacional.

Tricolors have a yellow card problem

Mason Mount Christian Garcia Andorra Sep21

Last month at Wembley, Andorra picked up six yellow cards. In their following game against Hungary, they picked up four more bookings.

Due to their discipline issues, Albert Alavedra, Marcio Vieira and Moises San Nicolas are all suspended ahead of England's visit.

On the other hand, Koldo Alvarez will welcome back Christian Garcia, Marc Rebes, Chus Rubio and Mac Vales - all of whom are returning from previous suspensions.

The Tricolors are expected to spend a lot of time off the ball against England meaning fouls could be found in abundance. With that in mind, our third selection is to back over 42.5 booking points at the current price of 7/5.

History makers

Kateryna Manzul referee Sep21

Speaking of bookings, a special mention must go out to the officiating team selected for this upcoming encounter.

For the first time in the history of England's senior national team, it will be a woman who referees the game.

Ukraine's Kateryna Monzul has been named as the official alongside assistants Maryna Striletska and Svitlana Grushko - both also from Ukraine.

Monzul already has one senior men's international game under her belt after officiating San Marino's clash with Gibraltar in the Nations League back in November 2020.

Stephanie Frappart of France is set to take charge of VAR, while the only male presence will come in the form of the fourth official and the two VAR assistants.

Goalscorer bets for Andorra vs England

Ollie Watkins goal England vs San Marino Mar21

Considering Ollie Watkins could get a run-out, the Aston Villa man certainly makes for an interesting betting choice in the anytime goalscorers market.

The player is priced at 40/85 to get among the goals - not exactly a mouth-watering price but then again, it is against Andorra.

Watkins scored against Tottenham last weekend in the Premier League as the Villans fell to a 2-1 defeat. What's more, he already has one England goal to his name despite only playing a total of 67 minutes for the national side.

READ MORE: Ten things you didn’t know about England’s next opponents, Andorra

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