Romania and Albania will face each other on Sunday at Parc Olympique Lyonnais as the group A games of the Euro 2016 championship concludes.
Both sides are still searching for their first victory of the tournament, with Romania losing their first game to France and ended the second game in a 1-1 stalemate against Switzerland.
Albania went down to 10 men in their first game Switzerland which they lost by a goal, they held on in their second game and nearly grabbed a point until the final minutes when Substitute Griezmann opened the scoring floor for the host France and Payet making it 2 later to condemn Albania to the bottom of the group.
Romania still has chance of finishing in this group if they win this game depending on the result from Switzerland vs France but a win in this game will guarantee them a 3rd place in the group.
Romania: Team News
Giving Mihai Pintilii is carrying a knock and he should be replaced by Ovidiu Hoban to partner Andrei Prepelita in the center of midfield.
Other than this forced change, Anghel Iordanescu is expecteced to stick with the same starting eleven that earned a hard fought draw against Switzerland.
Romania: Predicted line up (4-2-3-1)
Tatarusanu – Rat, Chiriches, Grigore, Sapunaru – Hoban, Prepelita – Chipciu, Stancu, Torje – Andone.
Albania Team News:
Lorik Cana returns to the starting lineup after serving his suspension as a result of the red card he picked in the 1-0 defeat against Switzerland on matchday one.
Burim Kukeli is will miss out the final group game against Romania as he is suspended after picking up yellow cards in each of the first two games.
Albania: Predicted line-up (4-3-3)
Berisha – Agolli, Cana, Mavraj, Hysaj – Xhaka, Kace – Abrashi – Lenjani, Roshi, Sadiku.
Romania vs Albania: Head to Head stats
Romania are unbeaten against Albania in their previous 9 games; 7 of the games have been won by Romania while 2 of the games have ended in draw. Their last game was in an international friendly 2014, Romania won 1-0
This will be the first time these two teams are playing against each other in a European championship.
Romania vs Albania: Prediction
Predicting an outright winner in this game is a tough one, though Romania are still in contention but Albania have lots of attacking intent from their past games and also their defence will be difficult for Romania to break.
The game could end in draw but that is to risky to go with. But I’m confident the game will see less goals.
1. Under 2.5 goals.
2. Double Chance: Romania/Draw.