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Albania vs Wales Predictions

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      Wales saw their Nations League campaign end in disappointment on Friday night, as they lost 2-1 at home to Denmark. That defeat left the Welsh second, unable to move in their group. That’s not the worst outcome for Ryan Giggs and his side, but they’ll need to improve in their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign next year. Getting back to a major tournament is the goal, so they need to build up a little more momentum and experience. The visitors have to keep winning games and blooding players, and this trip seems like a perfect chance to do both.

      Albania were relegated from the Nations League’s third tier on Saturday, in a 4-0 hammering by Scotland. The hosts are now set to face Europe’s minnows in the competition come Autumn 2020. That’s also ended their hopes of making the Euros again, following an appearance two years’ ago. Repeating that run is going to take some real shocks, following poor form and a low seeding for December’s qualifying draw. Will Wales pile on top of that misery on Tuesday night?

      The visitors have to pick up their form after some poor results, but they did claim six points after beating the Irish home and away. That has got to boost Giggs’ side ahead of next year’s big games, and they should end up with another victory to toast after this trip to Albania. The visitors aren’t in the greatest form outside of competitive games, but their recent trend of rarely playing friendlies and making occasional clashes with top sides has a lot to do with that.

      Meanwhile, the hosts have struggled in friendlies with the likes of Luxembourg and Kosovo of late. They have one win in nine despite facing some really poor sides. Their last four non-competitive games here have brought a draw with Jordan, and three defeats. In competitive clashes they’re not much better off, winning one and losing one in the Nations League, while they failed to win their last three World Cup qualifiers at home.

      We see the Welsh following up on Scotland’s win in this game. The hosts look really poor and out of form, and we don’t expect them to put up much of a fight. The way Wales brushed aside the likes of the Irish of late points to Giggs’ men getting a win in this trip. He needs to finish a mixed 2018 on a high to move them forward next year, and we think that the visitors are well priced to see off a poor Albania team.

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