Romania v Albania Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Sun 19th June By @J_RKeith

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.


Romania Stancu

Bogdan Stancu

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.

By @J_RKeith.



Albania v Switzerland Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Sat 11th June By @J_RKeith

Albania v Switzerland – Stade Bollaert-Delelis at 14:00 live on BBC One

It’s the second game of Group A as we see an experienced Switzerland take on debutants Albania at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis on Saturday.

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Albania head into their first European Championships having won two of their last five matches, and four of their last ten in all competitions.
Gianni De Biasi’s last fixture saw his team lose 3-1 at home to Ukraine in a friendly, Armando Sadiku scoring the hosts’ consolation.

Away from home, the Eagles have only lost one of their last five in all competitions, scoring eight and conceding four. On top of this, the underdogs have won five of their last ten on the road.
De Biasi’s last away game ended in a 2-0 win against Luxembourg in a friendly; Sadiku scoring once again for Albania.

The nation ranked 42nd in the world have no real injury concerns and have experience in captain Lorik Cana, who has 92 caps, and inexperience in defender Frederic Veseli who has only represented his nation three times.

In qualification the underdogs finished second in Group I behind leaders Portugal and ahead of Denmark, while beating both Portugal and Serbia. However, this is their first ever tournament having never qualified for a World Cup or European competition.


Albania Sadiku

Armando Sadiku

Switzerland, on the other hand, head into this match having won two of their last five, and five of their last ten in all competitions.
Vladimir Petkovic’s last fixture finishing in a 2-1 victory at home to Moldova in a friendly; Admir Mehmedi scoring the winner in Lugano.

Away from home, the Swiss have lost three of their last five, and have scored five and conceded seven. While in their last ten on the road, Petkovic’s team have only won four and lost five.
Their last away match ended in a 1-0 defeat to Republic of Ireland in a friendly; the visitors failing to leave their mark after conceding within two minutes.

Switzerland are currently ranked 15th in the world and have included the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri and new Arsenal signing Granit Xhaka in the squad, as well as their most experienced player in Stephan Lichtsteiner who holds 81 caps to his name.

In qualification, Petkovic’s side were the third highest scoring team with 24 goals, and finished second in Group E behind leaders England, but it has to be mentioned they faced nations like Estonia, Lithuania and San Marino to make it to France.
This will be Switzerland’s third European tournament, yet they have never advanced further than the group stages with their last competition being in 2008, which they hosted, as they never qualified for 2012.

The last time these two sides met Switzerland won 2-1 in 2013; Xherdan Shaqiri scoring in that game. While out of their six meetings, Albania have never beaten the Swiss having only scored four goals to Switzerland’s 11.

Switzerland take this one for me. I understand that Albania are the underdogs and have nothing to lose, but the quality of Switzerland, and their experience in these competitions, will shine through. I’m expecting a good match for a fulfilled Saturday.

Asian Handicap Recommendation: Switzerland -0.5 @ 1.86 with BetVictor 

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @J_RKeith.