France vs Albania Euro 2020 qualification Predictions

Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt
Euro 2020 France vs Albania
Team vs Team Euro 2020 qualifiers

The match is over.
Score: 4-1.

World Cup holders France can take a step towards qualification for Euro 2020 with a home win over Albania, but have to be careful they don’t take anything for granted.

Predictions

Didier Deschamps’ France duly lead Group H but they’ve not got the spotless record their success in Russia in 2018, or the wealth of talent available, would suggest they should have.

Indeed, it started well for Les Bleus with a win in Moldova and a big victory at home to Iceland, but a trip to Turkey and the ensuing 2-1 defeat put the brakes on their march to the tournament proper. A routine win over Andorra in their last outing was more like it, but the warning signs may be there.

Deschamps is without some of his stars for this set of qualifiers, too. Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba and N’golo Kante are all missing and while their replacements have their own abilities and characteristics to offer, it’s still a concern – and reason for Albania to feel encouraged.

The Eagles’ Euro 2020 qualification has thus far been steady – two wins and two defeats, with no middle ground. Victory against Andorra was expected, with the other three points from Moldova. But defeats against Turkey and Iceland dented Albania’s aspirations – a win over France would reignite them.

Edy Reja lacks the star names to call on of his counterpart but Albania will be dogged and determined, and if France aren’t at their best – as they weren’t against Turkey – this could be a result to upset even the best online bookmakers.

Indeed, France are favourites and should come away with the three points, but a walkover doesn’t look likely. A 2-1 win for the home team.

Betting Tips

France are depleted, but still have Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann, so they still have goals. Keeping them out is also paramount but Kurt Zouma’s start to the season at Chelsea has been rocky, so Albania might feel they can sneak one before France get over the line. A France win by one goal is 17/5 at 10Bet.

An Albania opening goal would really put the cat among the pigeons. France conceded twice in the first half against Turkey and couldn’t come back. Albania aren’t as strong as the Turks so a recovery is possible, this time. 10Bet have France winning from behind at 5/1.

Statistics

Head to Head

France and Albania have met seven times, with five wins for France and a draw and an Albania win.

Their last meeting was in Euro 2016 when France won 2-0, but Albania were victorious in the game before that – 1-0 – and before that it was a 1-1 draw.

Stats

  • France lead 14-3 on aggregate in their combined games against Albania.
  • France so far boast a 90% pass completion rate – 1% behind Spain and Germany.
  • Only one player in Albania’s squad – Levante’s Armando Sadiku – is in double figures for international goals. He’s got 12.
  • Griezmann’s next goal for France will be his 30th – he’s currently got 29 from 72 games.
Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt

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