Spain vs Albania – 2018 World Cup Qualification: On the 9th round of this qualification stage for the 2018 World Cup in Russia…
We will see a match between Spain, managed by Julen Lopetegui, and Albania, managed by Christian Panucci, at Stadium José Rico Pérez in Alicante.
This match will put the 3rd place of this group G against the 1st placed team, and they are separated by 9 points right now. On the previous encounter, the Spaniards won 0-2 in Albania.
Spain’s called-up players:
Goalkeepers: Kepa (Athletic), De Gea (Manchester United), Reina (Napoli).
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 (Real Madrid), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid)”
Albania’s called-up players:
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 (Hajduk Split), Ivan Balliu (Metz)
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 (Akademia 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 National team seems to have returned to their glory days with former FC Porto’s manager in charge,
since they practically dominated this group G and already have their access to the 2018 World Cup practically ensured,
due to the considerable advantage they have over Italy on this stage (all they need is 1 point to ensure their main objective).
The team has a remarkable offensive and defensive records (averaging almost 4 goals per match) and they are coming off a winning streak.
As for Albania, they should no longer be capable of accomplishing anything on this qualification stage, since they would need Italy to slip up on these last two matches in order to have any hopes of qualifying.
In any way, they left an impression of an interesting improvement when compared to the former Albanese National teams,
since this team is more consistent and capable of putting up a fight against the stronger nations, something that is much thanks to their former manager Di Biasi.
Spain vs Albania – Betting Tip and Prediction:
I had some troubles to understand what could happen in this match I must admit.
That is because, in my opinion, it is hard to understand, for now, what this Albanese National team might be worth after the departure of Di Biasi (although Panucci has drawn once and won twice, inclusively getting a comfortable win in Israel).
But, it is also because we have no idea if the Spaniards will maintain their focus during the rest of this qualification stage, considering they are practically qualified.
In any way, I believe that Di Biasi has left some positive nots on Albania with his work, namely the defensive consistency and improvement on their game processes when compared to the last few decades.
This way, I believe that the Albanese won’t cause the Spaniards much trouble,
but I also believe they will be very consistent on the defensive level which will make them hold Spain off here and not concede too many goals.
|Albania AH +3||