Sam WattOne of the most intriguing qualification matches will be in the Albanian capital Tirana as the hosts - who have an outside chance of progressing - play host to world champions France, who have found this group tough.
One of the most intriguing qualification matches will be in the Albanian capital Tirana as the hosts – who have an outside chance of progressing – play host to world champions France, who have found this group tough.
Albania have enjoyed an above average campaign as they have won four of their eight qualification games – including an impressive 4-2 home win over Iceland.
EdoardoReja’s side still hold an outside chance of securing qualification but must get a positive result from this game to stand any hope.
France’s only defeat of the campaign came in a 2-0 loss at Turkey while they were also held to a 1-1 draw at home by the same opponents.
Didier Deschamps’s side are still well placed to qualify but this has been a testing group and this will be another tough clash for Les Bleus.
The visitors will be strongfavourites to record a win despite not possessing home advantage,as they hold superior form and quality over Albania.
The away side are favourites to win this game although it may not be comfortable – a 3-2 triumph for the world champions would appear a likely outcome from it.
Five goals flew in when these two sides met earlier in the group in their match in Paris and a similar outcome is likely this time round, although Albania will be hopeful it will be a closer contest than that 4-1 game. They hit four goals against both Iceland and Moldova in their last three outings and this game should be very entertaining and it being full of goals is among the best online betting odds for the matchday.
Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman has netted three goals in his last five internationals and is a constant threat. Two of those strikes came in the win over Albania earlier in the qualification process and it is likely they will struggle to deal with his pace, trickery and directness once more.
Head to Head
France won 4-1 in their meeting earlier in the group but did suffer a shock 1-0 defeat in a friendly match back in June 2015, their last trip to Albania.
France are the reining world champions and are aiming to win their first European Championships since 2000.
Albania are yet to draw a match in this group and indeed have drawn just once in their last 20 fixtures.
Didier Deschamps led his side to the final of their home competition in the last competition only to be edged out 1-0 in the showpiece final by Portugal.
Albania have won four of their last five matches at home, including a friendly win over Wales a year ago.
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