Europe – World Cup – Qualification
Date: Thursday, 25 March 2021
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Wembley Stadium (London)
England has scored more than 5 goals against San Marino in all six previous H2Hs (W6), and have never conceded against them on home soil! After winning both halves in every meeting, it’s worth noting that England’s last four matches (against all opponents) featured the same HT/FT outcome (W2, L2). Hence they will be expecting a comfortable outing in this game to kick start their World Cup qualification campaign.
Another shutout against the microstate seems likely given England have kept a clean sheet in four of their last six home internationals (W5, L1), all against sides ranked well above their visitors. There’s also a good chance of early action as eight of their last nine home fixtures (W8, L1) saw goals before the 30th minute.
San Marino’s only goal against England famously came 8.3 seconds after kick-off in 1993 and remains the second-fastest goal in the competition’s history, it would be a surprise to see them on the scoresheet here as they have netted just once in 24 international games.
Players to watch include Harry Kane who is expected to lead the attack in this match. Meanwhile, Mirko Palazzi, the last San Marino player to score away from home, has netted his last six competitive club goals after the 55th minute.
- England’s form in last 5 matches: WLWLW.
- San Marino’s form in last 5 matches: DLDLL.
PREDICTION: Home and Over 2.5