England vs Lithuania: What time is World Cup qualifier, who will Gareth Southgate start, and what are the odds?

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England will look to build on a promising display against Germany - AFP

What is it?

The World Cup qualifier between heavyweight footballing nations England and Lithuania. 

When is it?

Sunday March 26 at 5pm. 

Where is it?

Wembley Stadium. 

What's at stake?

World Cup qualification obviously. England are currently top of Group F with 10 points, while Lithuania are in fourth with five points. 

A win for England would ensure second and third placed Slovenia and Slovakia are not given encouragement in their bid to deprive Gareth Southgate's team of top spot. 

Gareth Southgate (R) has some tough decisions to make

Any good stats?

  • England haven’t lost a qualification match since October 2009 (away at Ukraine), going 33 qualifiers without a defeat since then across World Cup and European Championship qualification campaigns (W25 D8 L0).
  • England have kept a clean sheet in five of their last six competitive matches.
  • Just one of England’s last 16 matches at home (14 at Wembley) have ended in a defeat; winning 14 and drawing one. This defeat was against Netherlands; 1-2 in March 2016.
Wembley is the venue for Sunday's match 
  • England have scored in every single one of these aforementioned 16 home matches and haven’t failed to score at home since losing 0-1 to Germany in November 2013.
  • England defeated Lithuania twice in qualification for Euro 2016; winning 4-0 at home and 3-0 away with all seven goals being netted by different players.
  • Fiodor Cernych has scored in three of Lithuania’s qualification matches for the 2018 World Cup to date – all of them have been the first goal of the game.
  • Lithuania haven’t won any of their last six away qualification matches (WC and Euro combined), losing four and drawing two.

What's the team news?

Southgate is expected to keep faith with the 3-4-3 formation, which worked reasonably well away at Germany on Wednesday night

John Stones will replace the suspended Gary Cahill, while the likes of Raheem Sterling, Nathaniel Clyne, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ross Barkley will also be looking for game time after not featuring in Dortmund.

England expected XI: Hart; Keane, Smalling, Stones; Walker, Dier, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana; Sterling, Alli, Vardy

Lithuania expected XI: Setkus; Vaitkunas, Luksa, Mikucis, Slavickas; Zulpa, Kuklys; Cernych, Silvka, Novikovas; Valskis

Pick your England team to face Lithuania

What are the odds?

England- 1/9 (best odds)

Draw - 8/1 (best odds)

Lithuania - 31/1

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What's our prediction?

England to run out 2-0 winners. 

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