Spain – Albania: Preview & Prediction
In Russia, they play against each other in Alicante at the José Rico Pérez Stadium in Spain, led by Julien Lopetegui and Albania, led by Christian Panucci, in a meeting that faces the third classified of this group G and the first classified,
being separated by 9 points. In the previous meeting, the Spanish team won 0-2 on Albanian soil.
“Goalkeepers: Kepa (Athletic), De Gea (Manchester United), Reina (Naples).
Defenders: Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Carvajal (Real Madrid), Nacho (Real Madrid), Piqué (Barcelona), Ramos (Real Madrid), Bartra (Borussia Dortmund), Monreal (Arsenal), Jordi Alba (Barcelona).
Midfielders: Saúl (Atlético), Busquets (Barcelona), Illarramendi (Real Sociedad), Koke (Atlético), Iniesta (Barcelona), Thiago (Bayern), Isco
Goalkeepers: Etrit Berisha (Atalanta), Thomas Strakosha (Lazio), Alban Hoxha (Partizani)
Defenders: Ansi Agolli (Karakag), Arlind Ajeti (Crotone), Mergim Mavraj (Hamburg), Berat Djimsiti (Benevento), Elseid hysaj (Napoli), Frederic Veseli (Empoli), Hysen Memolla, Ivan Balliu
Midfielders: Migjen Basha (Bari), Andi Lila (PAS Ioannina), Ledian Memushaj (Benevento), Burim Kukeli (Sion), Eros Grezda (Osijek), Ergys Kace (PAOK), Odise Roshi (Akhmat Grozny), Liridon Latifi Puskas), Ermir Lenjani (Sion), Emanuele Ndoj (Brescia), Taulant Xhaka (Basel)
Forwards: Valon Ahmedi (Maribor), Asdren Llullaku (Tobor Kostanay), Armando Sadiku (Legia Warsaw), Sokol Cikalleshi (Osmanlispor)
The Spanish team seems to be back in the good old days with the former FC Porto coach at their command, dominating this G group at their will, practically,
and having already qualified directly for the 2018 World Cup, the Italian side will have a considerable advantage in this phase.
The team has a remarkable defensive and offensive record (almost 4 goals scored on average per game), coming from a series of consecutive victories.
As for Albania, they will no longer be able to achieve anything in this qualifying phase, with Italy having to slide in the remaining match, so Panucci’s team managed to reach a possible qualification.
In any case, it is a record of an interesting growth by parts of the Albanians in recent years, being a more consistent and capable team to fight the strongest teams, something that is very much due to the former selector Di Biasi.
Prediction Spain vs Albania:
I had some difficulty in realizing what this game might bring, I must admit. This is because, in my opinion, it is difficult to see for now what this Albanian team can do with Di Biasi’s departure from the technical command (although Panucci has won two games and drawn one of his,
having even thrashed in Israel), but also because it remains to be seen if the Spaniards keep the maximum focus for the remainder of the remaining qualifying round, given that they are already practically cleared.
Anyway, I think something good will have stayed in Albania after the work of Di Biasi, namely the defensive consistency and better gaming processes over the last decades.
Therefore, I believe that the Albanians will not cause much embarrassment to the Spaniards, but I also believe that they are consistent at the defensive level and thus able to leave this match without being thrashed.
Spain – Albania: Betting Tips
Spain -3 AH – Odds: 2.00
Over 2,5 goals – Odds: 1.35