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England vs. Albania 11/12/21 UEFA World Cup Qualifications Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction

England vs. Albania
November 12, 2021 2:45 pm EDT
The Line: Over 2.5 -163, Under 2.5 +125
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England is welcoming Albania to Wembley Stadium in Group I of the UEFA World Cup Qualifications. England has been quite impressive on both ends in these qualifications, but they are not the best offensive team in this group. Albania still has a shot at qualifying for the World Cup, but only if they don’t lose in this game.

England is at the top of this group with 20 points, 24 scored goals, and only 3 conceded goals, but theoretically, they could still lose their top spot if they lose at least 1 of their last 2 games. England is undefeated since the Euro Cup finals, and they have conceded only 2 goals in their last 5 games while scoring 15 goals. In their last game against Hungary at home, England has had 64% of ball possession, 5 shots on goal, 8 corner kicks, 4 big chances created, and a high 91% of the correct passes. Despite being very dominant, England had to chase Hungary, but they were able to catch up before halftime. England wasn’t able to score another goal, and the final result was 1-1. There are a couple of new players in England for this round, but whoever is going to be in the lineup is gonna give their best. England has a lot of depth, they are doing well on both ends, and with a win here, they will most likely secure the World Cup.

Surprisingly enough, Albania has been one of the best defensive teams in this group with 7 conceded goals, and they are now in 3rd place with 15 points. Even in the attacking end, Albania has been solid with 11 scored goals. Broja is the leading goalscorer for Albania in these qualifications with 3 goals, while Manaj and Uzuni added 2 goals. Albania was hosting Poland last month in these qualifications, and they were decent with 51% of ball possession, 1 shot on goal, 2 corner kicks, 0 big chances created, and 70% of the correct passes. Defensively, Albania was solid, they were focused, but they still ended up conceding a goal in the 77th minute. Albania wasn’t able to get back into this game, and they ended up losing 0-1. Albania has improved a lot over the last few years, and getting to the World Cup would be an incredible accomplishment for this team, but it will be really hard to stay undefeated in these last 2 games.

England has beaten Albania on the road in round 2, but Albania has improved on both ends since then. I think Albania will be under immense pressure in this game, they will defend for most of the game, but I don’t think they will be able to stop England. I’m taking England and goals.

Goran Kucar's Free Pick: England and over 3.5 +150

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Goran Kucar

I was born and raised in Croatia, and with that, I was raised with soccer all around me. I love playing soccer, watching soccer, and now I love writing and handicapping soccer at PickDawgz and SportsChatPlace.

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