Lithuania vs England – 2018 World Cup Qualification: England is coming off a close win against Slovenia that ensured them direct access to the World Cup…
Despite the slim win of 1-0, England ended up having a good game, a patient one, where they’ve controlled the actions very well and faced a Slovenian side that didn’t want to take any risks.
I believe that the only negative aspect was the trouble they had creating chances, despite the control they managed to have.
Although it is true that England faced a well-organized Slovenia,
that was very tight on defence, it was clear that the English lacked creativity, banking too much on their physically gifted players, good individually,
but they lacked someone to create the last pass, since Henderson and Dier, despite having quality, are players that play better when they play deeper on the field.
For this match, I expect more of the same. It is true that England might even rotate some players,
but I believe that the team’s style will maintain, which is the image of a a physically strong team, capable of pressuring well and controlling the ball possession. However, they will still lack that proficient assist provider.
The question is will Lithuania be able to play at the same defensive level as Slovenia did?
I think not.
Lithuania is a clearly weaker National team. They are a team who steps up on their home matches, but they sit in the penultimate position of this group with only 6 points gained.
And they are just avoiding last place because they’re in the same group as Malta, which was the team they got 4 out of their 6 points against.
Lithuania vs England – Betting Tip and Prediction:
I expect a more relaxed England, since they have already qualified and surely these English players will want to show their value, since they know this is a good opportunity for them.
Therefore, I think that, by pressuring, they will find more spaces and force more mistakes from their opponents.
I expect England to be able to score more than 1 goal on this encounter.
|England Team Goals - Over 1.5||