Albania vs Italy
World Cup Qualifiers – Europe (Group G)
Date: Monday, 9th October 2017
Kick off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Stadiumi Loro Borici.
Predictably enough, Spain and Italy stormed their way past the opposition to leave them without any hopes of even thinking about the top two spots in the Group G.
However, the Albanians can still be proud of the job they have done in general since they picked up 13 points from the remaining six matches in the group.
The Eagles will clearly be super motivated to stay undefeated against such an opponent on the closing day of the campaign at their Stadiumi Loro Borici.
The match with Italy will be especially emotional for the man who just recently sat on Albania’s bench, Christian Panucci.
Former Real Madrid’s and Italian national team left-back got off to a positive start as Albania picked up four points from meetings with Liechtenstein and FYR Macedonia in September’s action.
Italy will have to search they way towards Russia the harder way after losing 3-0 to Spain in the September’s direct clash for the top spot in the group at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
The team led by Giampiero Ventura managed to bounce back three days after the tough defeat thanks to Ciro Immobile’s goal in a narrow win over Israel at MAPEI Stadium.
Immobile is the team’s top scorer with six goals in the campaign and he has been enjoying a spell of excellent form with Lazio where he notched nine goals in seven appearances at the start of the season.
Albania vs Italy: Head to head
Italy won both o f their previous H2H meetings with Albania without conceding a single goal along the way.
The friendly match played three years ago saw a narrow 1-0 win for Azzurri, while the qualifier from March this year ended in a 2-0 victory for Italy.
Albania vs Italy: Prediction
Italians have the quality, but Albania will be much more motivated to grab a positive result here which is why see the value in backing the hosts not to lose by two or more goals at the odds of 11/10 here.
Albania vs Italy: Bets
The first betting option will be Albania or +1.5 handicap at the odds of 11/10 @ 888 Sport.
You can also try with Under 2.5 goals FT at 21/20 @ 888 Sport.