Romania v Albania – Stade des Lumières at 20:00 live on BBC Four
It’s the final chance for these two nations to keep their Euro 2016 dreams alive as Romania take on Albania at the Stade des Lumieres in the battle for third place on Sunday.
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Romania head into this match having only secured one point from their last two matches, as well as scoring two and conceding three.
Anghel Iordanescu’s last match finishing in a 1-1 draw with Switzerland in Paris; Bogdan Stancu grabbing his second goal of the tournament with an early penalty.
The Tricolours have only won one of their last five, but previous to the tournament Romania had only lost one of their last 20 matches on all competitions.
Mihai Pintilii is looking like the only player who is sitting out with an injury for Iordanescu, while there are no suspensions.
They’ve looked very solid defensively and are causing problems in opposition boxes, the only issue is for their last two matches they have failed to hold onto the lead, or, against France, hold onto what would have been a valuable point.
Albania, meanwhile, have played two and lost two in the European Championships and sit bottom of Group A on a goal difference of -3.
Gianni De Biasi’s last match finishing in a 2-0 defeat to hosts France in Marseille; the Albanians doing very well until they conceded two goals in the last six minutes.
Heading into the tournament and The Red and Blacks had only lost two of their last five, but had only won three of their last ten in all competitions.
One player sits out injured for De Biasi and co. as Ergys Kace is recovering from a knee injury, while Lorik Cana makes this return to the squad after serving his ban.
Albania haven’t looked convincing in this tournament and in the previous two matches their aggression and lack of quality have shown, espeically in the Switzerland match where they could have claimed a point if they took one of their chances.
The last time these two nations faced each other Romania won 1-0 in 2014; Razvan Rat scoring the winner. In fact, in their history, Albania have never beaten Romania in their total of nine meetings; losing seven and drawing two. On top of this they have score five and conceded 23 against their group rivals.
Romania have this one all day long in my opinion. Their players have better quality, and even though Albania will cause problems it will not be enough to stop the Romanians powering through.
Asian Handicap Recommendation: Romania -0.25 @ 1.96 with Pinnacle
Prcies correct at time of writing.