The host nation France will take on the tournament débutantes Albania for their second group A games at Stade Velodrome Marseille as both teams seek to come out on top in what looks more like an Elephant and an Ant fight to me.
France will be prepared to secure maximum points in this game against the outsiders Albania as they were victorious against Romania who are seen as stronger team than Albania in their last game, goals from Payet and Giroud did the trick for France in their 2-1 victory over Romania. Now they hope for another 3 points to put themselves straight into the knock-out stages.
Albania were unlucky to lose by a goal to Switzerland in their first game, they finished the game with 10 men after their captain was sent for his second booking in the game due to a handball, they now face the groups hardest opponents as they prepare to pull a surprise and get a win or at least a draw to keep their hope of knock-out stage before playing Romania in their last game.
France: Team news
Didier Deschamps’ men will put in more effort than they did against Romania to give Albania a proper revenge to their last game against them which ended in defeat for France in 2015, with huge qualities in their squad like Giroud, Griezmann, Pogba, Payet and N’golo Kante coupled with home support the Job will be easier for France.
France: Predicted line-up (4-3-3)
Lloris – Sagna, Rami, Koscielny, Evra – Pogba, Kante, Matuidi – Payet, Giroud, Griezmann.
Albania: Team news
Gianni de Biasi’s men are good in pulling surprise and shock victories, they did it to France last year and also to Portugal in the start of the qualifying games, they will hope to do the same again against.
Albania: Predicted line-up (4-3-3)
Berisha – Hysaj, Cana, Mavraj, Agolli – Xhaka, Kace, Abrashi – Roshi, Sadiku, Lenjani.
France vs Albania: Head to Head Stats
The last two games between these two teams have ended in a 1-1 draw and a 1-0 win in favour of Albania. Though, France have won the first four games played between them, France have also kept 3 clean sheets against Albania.
France vs Albania: Prediction
France are huge favourites in this game and are ready for a convincing win as a revenge for their last encounter, but Albania will try to show they are not in this tournament to complete numbers and will pull a hard fight to either win or draw the game, they have done it before and seem to know how to steal shock victories.
I predict a convincing win for the French side with a 2-0 score line.
- France to win (1.22)
- France to score in both halves.