England vs. Moldova: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistSeptember 6, 2013

BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03:  Ross Barkley, Phil Jagielka and Theo Walcott of England warm up during a training session at St Georges Park on September 3, 2013 in Burton-upon-Trent, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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England still has work to do with four matches left in the group stage of World Cup qualifying. It currently sits in second place in UEFA Group H heading into its clash with Moldova before a crucial match with Ukraine early next week.

The Three Lions are currently two points behind Montenegro for the group's top spot, which equates to a direct trip to Brazil next summer. But with a game in hand and a matchup with the group leaders still to come, they control their own destiny.

On the flip side, Moldova is on the verge of elimination. It was no match for England during the opening match of the round, losing 5-0, and things haven't improved much from there. Playing the role of spoiler is probably the main motivation now.

Let's take a glance at all the vital information for the qualifier, followed by a breakdown of the top storyline and a match prediction.


Where: Wembley Stadium in London, England

When: Friday, Sept. 6 at 3 p.m. ET (8 p.m. BST)

Watch: Fox Sports 1 and ITV 1

Live Stream: Fox Soccer 2Go

Odds: England -2000, Moldova +2500, Draw +1000 (via Bovada)


Top Storyline: Can England build momentum ahead of key Ukraine clash?

Quite simply, this is a match England should win without a single moment of tension in the second half. In the last meeting with Moldova, Frank Lampard scored just a couple minutes into the match, and the more talented squad never looked back.

A similar result should be on the horizon for the rematch. England must take control of the game as quickly as possible and maintain it for the duration as it looks to head into a more challenging test against Ukraine on a high note.

The Three Lions will be without one of their stalwart players in Wayne Rooney. The Manchester United star is recovering from a head injury suffered in a training collision with Phil Jones, a significant blow to the English side.

His absence means other players will need to step up to fill the void. Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge must take on a greater role on the attack, so getting a test run against Moldova should help them settle in.

The more chemistry they are able to build up moving forward against the weaker side, the better their chances will be of getting a positive result against Ukraine.



England may get off to a slow start in the final third without Rooney, but it should still be able to control the match throughout. There's no reason the result should still be in question by the time the second half kicks off.

Veterans like Steven Gerrard and Lampard should provide stability in the midfield, allowing the aforementioned young attacking trio to shine. Whether that will carry over to the Ukraine match would become the biggest question.

But England should have no trouble securing three points on Friday.

England 4, Moldova 0