UEFA Euro 2020 qualifications / Albania vs Iceland – Three teams have separated themselves in the top of Group H and Iceland is one of them, while Albania wants their place for themselves. It is not exactly a realistic objective as the home team has won just six points so far, while the Icelanders have two times more. The Albanians lost to France on last Saturday, while Iceland defeated Moldova. Iceland won Albania 1-0 in their first match in these qualifications.
Game Albania vs Iceland begins 10.09.2019 at 20:45 CET
There is still hope for Albania but in reality they failed to qualify for the European Championship. Besides having six points fewer their problem is that three teams are positions above them and they should overtake two. They have lost three matches so far and right to teams above them and they defeated outsiders Andorra and Moldova. The put up the best resistance to Iceland away and were defeated by minimal 1-0, while on last Saturday they lost to France 4-1. They couldn't do much and that was pretty much expected. It didn't help that Djimsiti played in defence, while now Cikalleshi could play in the top the attack from the first minute.
Probable lineups Albania: Strakosha – Mavraj, Djimsiti, Ismajili – Hysaj, Abrashi, T. Xhaka, Bare, Roshi – Balaj, Cikalleshi
The Icelanders are in the race for reaching the European Championship but ahead of them is a bitter struggle all the way to the end. They have lost only one match so far and that happened when they faced world champions French away, so it was no surprise. Although it wasn’t expected to lose by even 4-0, but they played poorly. It is important that they defeated Turkey and Albania at home, although before the end will play with both of them away and will be under pressure. They routinely defeated Moldova 3-0 on last Saturday, and we do not expect changes in the starting line-up where there are nos Gudmundsson and Finnbogason this time.
Probable lineups Iceland: Halldorsson – Hermannsson, Arnason, R. Sigurdsson, Skulason – Traustason, Gunnarsson, G. Sigurdsson, B. Bjarnason – Bodvarsson, Sigthorsson
Betting Pick: Albania vs Iceland
Albania has nothing to lose in these qualifications and we expect to play offensively and to win. Iceland is locked into a dead head with two other teams and each point is important for them, so they will have to accept outplaying in this match. We expect to see nice number of goals.
Pick: Over 2 goals
Odds: 1.83 at bethard (down to 1.73 can be played)
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