Albania vs Iceland
Date: Tuesday, 10 September 2019
Kick-off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Elbasan Arena (Elbasani).
Despite registering almost as many shots at goal as their foes, Albania went on to lose by a narrow 1-0 scoreline when the two teams last met on Icelandic soil in the qualifiers. The hosts huffed and puffed in vain as the visitors were able to do just enough to ensure that they took all of the spoils for themselves.
The home team will be coming into the clash on Tuesday after a 1-4 defeat in France, which made it 2 wins and 3 losses from 5 games so far in the qualifiers. Although the Albanians will be able to breathe a lot easier this week, it is worth mentioning that Iceland are no easy side to push past.
Meantime, Iceland are coming on the back of a sublime 3-0 win against Moldova, a result that keep them on 12 points at top alongside France and Turkey. Their lone defeat so far was against the reigning World Cup Champions, a solid reason for bookies to consider them as favorites to start the affairs in Elbasan Arena.
Albania vs Iceland Head to head (h2h)
- The teams have previously locked horn with each other five times, the last of which saw Iceland win with a 1-0 scorecard.
- Albania’s only win in their previous five meetings was a 1-0 victory way back in 1991.
- Two of their last five clashes have seen over 2.5 goals on the charts.
- None of their previous encounters have ended in a tie.
Albania vs Iceland Prediction
Home advantage alone is not going to cut it for Edoardo Reja’s men as it hardly needs reminding that their opening day defeat against Turkey came in the comforts of their home.
Furthermore, Albania have not been able to get the better of this opponent in their last three battles in a row and have lost by a one-goal margin in each of those games.
On the other hand, the visitors have been showing real promise in their Euro campaign and are breathing down Turkey’s neck for a possible ticket to the next round.
Taking into account that the Vikings have just one loss from their last two outings as well, the win is more than likely to swing in favor of Iceland at the end of the ninety minutes.
Three of their previous five clashes with each other have been low scoring ones featuring under 2.5 goals on the charts.
Considering that their most recent match-up with each other also saw just one goal on the scoreboards, expect Iceland to get the job done with a goal or two at the most.
Albania vs Iceland Betting tips
Iceland to win @ 2.60 (8/5)
Under 2.5 goals @ 1.50 (1/2).