Albania will take on Italy. The match will take place on Wednesday, November 16th.
Albania is proud of their performance at the Euro. The team participated in the 2016 continental tournament under Gianni de Biazi’s leadership and won the final round over Romania. It’s impossible to do it again. However, the current coach Edoardo REY achieved good results. They defeated not only San Marino but also Andorra in the qualification. (But in the League of Nations this year, they lost twice to Israel and tied with Iceland in both matches). The Eagles have players such as Hyusay and Jimsiti, Ismaily as well as Kumbulla, Bayrami and Asllani who are from Spain, Balliu Bare, Uzuni and Spain. There are also Strakosha and Manai, Tsikaleshi, and, perhaps most important, Broja from Chelsea.
Italia arranged for extremely conflicting emotions to their fans. It all began 5 years ago with a loss to the Swedes in the playoffs. The giant didn’t go to Russia for the World Cup because of that. Roberto Mancini arrived after that. It seemed that the former coach Inter and Manchester City was able, seemingly, to make a significant difference. The progress culminated in a win at the Euro last year. Then came new failures. Okay, so the failure in “home” League of Nations. After all, they lost the Swiss qualification dispute for 1st. Jorginho will always be ashamed of the missed penalties in head to head confrontations. Squadra Azzurra also lost in March to North Macedonia in their first home play-off. The League of Nations group was won by the Italians in the fall. This was thanks to the last spurt and the misfires of rivals. There were also Hungarians and English, as well as Germans. The coaching staff called up potential debutants to camp, including 16-year old Pafundi from Udinese. You should also note that Ivan Provedel, the No. 1 player in Lazio this season, can also play for his first time. This season, Lazio was No. 1.
The national teams played three games head-to-head, as part of the selection process for the 2018 World Cup. Italy won, though it did so modestly and with clean sheets (1-0 or 2-0), Bookmakers predict that Italy will win easily on the neighbor’s pitch. We bet on Squadra AZURRA with a handicap “-1 goal scored” because we believe the class of the visitors is better.
Prediction: Italy to win.