England vs San Marino
Ever since the return from the World Cup, England’s football team had only a single goal, and that is to certainly get the best results in the qualifying stages for the next major event in football, which is the EURO 2016 event.
As a part of this event, England is going to encounter San Marino’s team in the Group E qualifier. The interesting thing here is that San Marino’s visit to the UK will most likely end pretty much with a similar result like the ones that the teams of Norway and Switzerland had.
If you don’t remember those matches, then you need to know that England started the qualifiers with a very good result, as it literally defeated Switzerland at the beginning of September and a week ago they also won against Norway, so the chances are pretty high that England will defeat San Marino as well, most probably with a score along the lines of 5-0 or 6-0. With not that many wins recently, San Marino’s football team definitely doesn’t have anything to lose and they might certainly put up a big fight and avoid defeat at all costs. It might be a little hard to pinpoint the results, but we do know that England will have to bring its best if the team of the Three Lions plans on dominating the qualifiers.
Little is known right now in regards to the lineup that England will have, but what we do know is that San Marino have won only a single international game in the whole history of the team. And while that might not be very impressive, football is still a game of unexpected results so just about anything can happen.
Likely Starting Line-up
When it comes to the history of recent encounters between the two teams, England has scored no less than 26 goals in four meetings, although San Marino did manage to score during a match which took place back in 1993.
Two encounters have taken place in the last two years, with England winning 5-0 in 2012 and 8-0 in 2013.
It seems that England is going to attempt and start with a 4-3-3-1 and go from there. This is mainly because Hodgson wants to sustain the chemistry and cohesion that has occurred since the team won with a staggering 2-0 in Switzerland.
Yes, the hosts are certainly going to win this game, especially since they have a much better trained team as well as the home advantage, but the whole game will be the offense of England against the San Marino defense. During this game both coaches will be able to test some new formations and even some other players that didn’t receive a chance to shine, until now at least. From what we heard, it seems that Hodgson might be using Gibbs as a left-back, while others say that Baines will be used in the match as well. Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck are also expected to complete the line-up, alongside Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson.
What we do know is that we are in for a treat on Thursday night as England will certainly shatter the San Marino team to further secure its position as the leader in their qualifying groups. What remains to be seen is the final score for this, but we do expect that the home field advantage to provide England with all the necessary tools of providing an amazing win against San Marino.