Albania v Wales Betting Tips & Predictions
Let’s look at the friendly between Albania v Wales. Albania see UEFA Nations League Group C1 rivals Scotland and Israel go head-to-head at Hampden Park on Tuesday evening in match that’ll decide the outcome of the pool. While their fate is out of their own hands, The Eagles aim to take their minds off it with a friendly match against Wales at the Elbasan Arena, shown live on Sky Sports from 7.00pm.
This will be the first recorded competitive meeting between the nations and both line-up confident they have what it takes to mark the occasion with a debut win. Players on both sides of the divide have a real chance to write their names into the footballing history books, but who will go and seize the opportunity?
You can have your say on lots of exciting markets in the hope of profiting from the fixture. Back your winning team and add them to a big priced midweek accumulator. Who knows, with a few shrewd picks and a generous helping of good fortune you could land a massive prize. Prefer to minimise your risk and stick to the one game? There are still some hefty prices to be had. Back first goal scorer, both teams to score and winning team, or half-time/full-time.
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Albania Struggle at Home
Heading into the week and a double-header with Scotland and Wales, Albania’s recent form is alarmingly poor. Reading four defeats and a draw against just one win, they have been particularly poor at home, going down to Kosovo and Ukraine, drawing 0-0 vs Jordan. That’ll catch the attention of punters and makes the locals difficult to back. The venue of international matches – especially friendlies – plays a part in how backers approach a fixture, but it would appear The Eagles are as fragile in front of their own fans as they are on the road.
The aforementioned period started with a confidence-crushing 3-0 loss when hosting Kosovo back in May and was quickly followed by another three-goal losing margin when welcoming Ukraine to Camille Fournier Stadium in the summer. Only 2000 people turned out to witness a 4-1 beating, the goals coming from Konoplyanka and Yarmolenko, the two men grabbing a double each. Ndoj scored a consolation goal but it came with 88 minutes on the clock and did nothing to alter the course of the match.
Albania did grab a rare home win when beating Israel in the UEFA Nations League in September, Xhaka notching the winner early in the second-half but it was a tight match with not a lot of quality on show, the result saying as much about the losing side as those who snatched the points. A home friendly next and we learned nothing from a 0-0 with Jordan in their most recent home outing, other than the fact they were able to keep back-to-back clean-sheets, which shouldn’t be overlooked.
The form of Wales looks somewhat patchy, certainly on paper, but move beyond the bare stats and you’ll notice a team heading in the right direction after a new dawn. They recorded an emphatic 6-0 win over China on the road earlier this year and that was perfect for injecting confidence into the ranks. They certainly appeared a team full of belief when battling out a goalless draw with Mexico next time in another friendly.
With the ground work in place it was time for The Dragons to return to competitive action and they did so in style, hammering Republic of Ireland in the UEFA Nations League in September. Lawrence, Bale, Ramsey and Roberts were all on the score sheet at the Cardiff City Stadium, a reply from Williams midway through the second-half not enough to halt the onslaught. It was a real statement of intent as the nation moved into a brave new era under the guidance of Ryan Giggs.
That was proven to be no fluke when going to the Aviva Stadium and finishing the job in the return leg last month. In a what was a tighter match than the first, the times went into the break locked at 0-0 but Harry Wilson eventually broke the deadlock in the second period and it was a goal well worth waiting on. The youngster rattled home a stunning free-kick to sink the hosts and it was further proof that he’s destined for big things in the game. An accomplished set-piece taker could be the difference between winning and losing.
Back a Welsh Win
There’s nothing from previous matches to take heading into this fixture but there is a lot to be had in the trends and we’re happy to follow the clues given when attempting to solve this case. We’re getting a feel for how Ryan Giggs sets up and he looks to be well-organised in competitive matches but ambitious and aggressive in friendlies.
That has resulted in the 6-0 win over China and 4-1 beating by Spain. We expect him to treat this as another chance to get a good look at his squad and see how they react away from home. Albania have been leaking goals of late so we’re going for over 2.5 goals in the game at **/** with *****. Both teams to score in a Wales win will also interest, priced **/** when getting your money down at *****. That’s our best bet of the contest and should make things interesting.
Looking at the match betting and Wales have been marked up as favourites for the result. Fancy following the thinking of bookies? Back Wales at **/** or, if you’re struggling to separate them, the draw is there to be had at **/**. The home win doesn’t appeal to us, but there is plenty who will like the price. Albania are **/** *****.
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