Albania vs Italy – 2018 World Cup Qualification: On the 10th and final round of this qualification stage for the 2018 World Cup in Russia…
We will have a match in Shkoder, at the Loro-Borici stadium, between Albania, managed by Christian Panucci, and Italy, managed by Gianpero Ventura,
in a match that will put the 3rd place against the 2nd place of this group G, with the locals having 13 points so far and the visitors having 20 points after the 9 rounds they already played.
On the match played in Italy, in March of 2017, the Italians have won 2-0 over the Albanian.
Albania’s team, despite having a good campaign, building up on their evolution of recent years, won’t be able to play even on the play-off round,
since they are at a considerable distance from their Italian and Spanish opponents, despite the fact they were able to get very positive results on this qualification stage (with a 3-0 win in Israel for example).
It is clear that the team doesn’t have a very prominent offensive record but on the defensive level, they have the best defence in this group after Spain and Italy.
As for the Italians, they will have to go through the play-offs in order to attend the next World Cup in Russia, considering the great campaign Spain has been having on this group G.
Besides that, Italy’s slip-ups against weaker teams like their home draw against Macedonia, on the last round, didn’t help their case.
Independently of the result on this match,
the team already knows they will have to play in the play-offs, which means they are not forced to win this match in Albania.
Albania vs Italy – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Both teams have consistent football from a defensive point of view and therefore, they are also teams with positive records on that aspect on this group G.
Considering that and the fact that this match will be played in Albania, which is also a tough country to play on,
I believe this will be a very close match on the tactical level and very boring, which leads me to believe on a low-scoring match, if both teams are able to keep their concentration levels high.
This way, I think that, at least during the 1st half, we’ll see two teams matching up perfectly on the tactical level and cancelling each other out.
|Under 1 goal HT||