Albania V Andorra Betting Tips: Home/Home – 14 November 2019

Another routine scoreline in favour of Albania?

Berat Djimsiti / Albania © imago images / Depo Photos 12.11.2019

Albania V Andorra

Thursday 14 November 2019 – 19:45 Kick-Off
UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying
Pick: Albania/Albania (HT/FT Betting)
Odds: 4/6
Bookmaker: Coral
UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying Betting – 22Bet

Preview: Hardly a fixture to grab everyone’s attention but a betting opportunity nonetheless, as Albania seek a strong finish to their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign when they host an Andorra side which has lost all-but one qualifier thus far.

 

Albania Preview – Third successive home win inevitable?

Group H Results: Turkey 0-2 (H), Andorra 0-3 (A), Iceland 1-0 (A), Moldova 2-0 (H), France 4-1 (A), Iceland 4-2 (H), Turkey 1-0 (A), Moldova 0-4 (A)

Any remaining aspirations about a second consecutive qualification to the finals of a European Championship were extinguished in Istanbul last month, after Albania (4th – W4 D0 L4, GF14 GA10) were cruelly consigned to a 1-0 defeat away to Turkey following the concession of a late goal in stoppage time of the second period. The gap between themselves and second (7 points) has now become mathematically impossible to bridge in their final two qualifiers.

There is, however, an opportunity to finish as the best of the rest as they attempt to chase down Iceland in third, who are three points better off but with an inferior head-to-head record. To stand any chance, Albania (65th in latest FIFA Rankings) would need to win at least one of their final two qualifiers – and this home encounter with a poor Andorra outfit is undeniably their best opportunity to do so, with a home clash versus world champions France to follow.

Bizarrely, though, ‘The Eagles’ have alternated between winning and losing throughout this entire group campaign. Therefore, having won last time out when thrashing Moldova 4-0 on the road, surely we can expect them to lose this? That does seem incredibly unlikely however, in the knowledge they comfortably beat the same opposition 3-0 in the reverse meeting. ‘The Eagles’ have home advantage to boot on this occasion, where they have won two out of three group games losing only to Turkey.

 

Albania & Over 2.5 Goals
4/5

Coral

 

Andorra Preview – Toothless minnows a hopeless cause?

Group H Results: 0-2 Iceland (H), Albania 0-3 (H), Moldova 1-0 (A), France 0-4 (H), Turkey 1-0 (A), France 3-0 (A), Moldova 1-0 (H), Iceland 2-0 (A)

As the second-lowest-ranked country in Group H at 136th, the impact of Andorra (5th – W1 D0 L7, GF1 GA16) was expected to be minimal. That has most definitely been the case, losing all-but one of their Euro 2020 qualifiers thus far – all were without scoring a goal – with last month’s narrow 1-0 success at home against Moldova, who actually are the worst-ranked team in this section, finally halting the drought.

That the Moldova victory was only their third ever in competitive action (so excluding all friendlies and such) meant they had good reason to celebrate even if the rest of Europe barely battered an eyelid at the result. The hero on the day was 29-year-old midfielder Marc Vales, who applies his trade in Norway’s second division with Sandefjord, scoring his maiden international goal despite amassing over 60 caps.

Prior to scoring against Moldova, Andorra had managed to go seven full matches without hitting the back of the net. A 2-0 loss in Iceland only days later meant a swift return to the norm therefore. Meanwhile, not since edging out Liechtenstein to win 1-0 in March of 2018 have they found the back of the net on their travels and are currently enduring a six-game losing run away from home – and, you guessed it, all were ‘to nil’.

 

Albania V Andorra Key Facts:

  • Albania sit fourth in Group H on 12 points (W4 D0 L4) and have won two out of their three home qualifiers (W2 L1).
  • Andorra sit second-bottom in Group H on 3 points (W1 D0 L7) – each of their seven losses were without scoring a goal themselves.
  • This will be the fourth meeting between the countries: Albania have won the last two, both without conceding which includes a 3-0 scoreline on the road secured earlier in the group.

 

Betting Summary

The previous meeting between these two countries would finish without surprise, with Albania winning comfortably (0-3) as the away side. Furthermore, since losing their opening home encounter to Turkey, ‘The Eagles’ have won back-to-back home qualifiers; routinely beating Moldova 2-0, they would follow that up with a very impressive 4-2 victory over Iceland.

Andorra have, predictably, struggled to compete in this section. Seven of their eight qualifiers would end in defeat, and all would conclude with them failing to score – as has been the case in their previous six away internationals, which were all lost ‘to nil’. They have beaten Albania in the past, though that was back in 2002 and have lost both subsequent fixtures.

Albania should be far too strong at home and are strong favourites to showcase as much. A home win to nil is short at 1/2 (MarathonBet) but has obvious appeal. At the odds, though, a more attractive alternative could be Albania/Albania (HT/FT), a bet which landed in the reverse fixture.


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