Albania vs England prediction: How will World Cup qualifier play out tonight?

Albania host England in a World Cup qualifier on Sunday.

Both sides got their respective campaigns off to winning starts with England crushing San Marino 5-0 while Albania topped Andorra 1-0.

It was a fine performance from the Three Lions and it could have been more but for San Marino goalkeeper Elia Benedettini.

Two goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin went with strikes from James Ward-Prowse, Raheem Sterling and debutant Ollie Watkins to secure the win. Gareth Southgate has reiterated how delighted he is to see the Three Lions “hungry” for success: “The whole team were hungry to play. Sometimes these games have been stodgy for us in the past but this team can play slightly differently, we have some creative players who can open teams up. A lot of those chances were created by the good pressing and winning the ball high up the pitch.

“But also some of the interchange of position and the vision of players. If we were to be ultra-critical, we probably should have scored more but we also have to say their goalkeeper had an absolutely fantastic game. I was very pleased because the behaviours and habits we showed, to be a top team we have to show those every day, in every training session, and every match and today we respected the game and went about it the right way.”

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Here’s everything you need to know about the match:

When is it?

The fixture will kick-off at 5pm GMT at the Arena Kombetare.

How can I watch it?

The match is live on ITV1 with coverage starting from 4:10pm GMT.

What is the team news?

Ermir Lenjani, the hero against Andorra, is expected to start with Elseid Hysaj on the opposite flank. Barcelona B striker Rey Manaj could start as the lone striker.

Harry Kane, Phil Foden and Declan Rice are expected to return to the starting XI.

Predicted line-ups:

Albania: Berisha, Kumbulla, Djimitsu, Ismajli, Hysaj, Bare, Gjasula, Lenjani, Laci, Cikalleshi, Roshi

England: Pope, James, Stones, Maguire, Shaw, Rice, Mount, Ward-Prowse, Lingard, Kane, Sterling

Odds:

Albania: 11/1

Draw: 4/1

England: 2/7

Prediction:

With the likes of Kane returning, England should have far too much power. Albania are a stubborn team though, so it might not be pretty. 2-0 England.

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