Liechtenstein vs Albania Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews
Albania look to build on their win against Macedonia when they face Liechtenstein in a World Cup qualifier on Thursday. Our free betting predictions suggest that the visitors can knock a few past the awful defence of Liechtenstein.
Reason For Liechtenstein vs Albania Betting Tips
Liechtenstein are generally the whipping boys of their qualification campaign, and judging by their display in the opening game of this one, this time is going to be no different. Admittedly they did have the almost insurmountable task of visiting Spain, but the 8-0 thrashing they incurred doesn’t bode well for the future.
This defeat made it nine defeats and two draws since their last victory, which came at home to fellow minnows San Marino in a friendly last March. This was only Liechtenstein’s second victory in the last four years, and 28 of their 35 matches in that time have ended in defeat.
Their home form looks no better either. They have won one, drawn four, and lost 11 of their last 16 games at home and haven’t won a competitive game there since 2011, when they beat Lithuania 2-0. Liechtenstein’s last four outings have seen them concede a ridiculous 20 goals as well, so things aren’t looking good for them at the moment.
Albania, on the other hand, are having a fantastic year. They qualified for their first ever major finals last year after coming 2nd in their Euro 2016 qualifying group ahead of Denmark and Serbia. They lost their opening two matches against Switzerland and France, but to be fair to them they held their own for a lot of the time before beating Romania 1-0 in the final group game. It wasn’t enough to take them through the groups, but it marked their first ever goal and first ever win in a major tournament.
Since then they have drawn with Morocco in a friendly and they beat Macedonia 2-1 in their World Cup qualification opener. Unfortunately they have been drawn in an incredibly tough group including Italy and Spain, and their chances of making it to Russia in 2018 are very low indeed.
They will feel incredibly confident about getting one over on Liechtenstein though. The hosts have lost 8-0 to Spain, 5-0 to Denmark, and 4-0 to Iceland in their last three outings and are looking defensively awful. Albania aren’t the best attacking side, but they will be confident about knocking a few past Liechtenstein. I’m backing an Albania Win and Over 2.5 Goals at 10/11 along with a 3-0 correct score prediction at 5/1.
Head to Head
Albania won the only previous meeting between these two 2-0 back in 2008.
Liechtenstein Team News
Veteran goalkeeper Peter Jehle will continue to captain Liechtenstein, whilst at the other end of the spectrum 18 year old striker Yanik Frick is hoping for his first international cap. Midfielder Franz Burgmeier is the top scorer in the squad with nine goals in 101 appearances.
Albania Team News
Defender Ansi Agolli will captain Albania as he looks to win his 67th cap. That makes him the most capped player in Albania's squad, whilst midfield trio Eros Grezda, Liridon Latifi, and Azdren Llullaku will be hoping to make their first appearances. The seven goals of Armando Sadiku make him the highest scorer in the squad, and 19 year old Pescara striker Rey Manaj is hoping to become Albania's golden boy.
Next Fixtures To Kick Off
Liechtenstein vs Albania Stats
Liechtenstein have conceded an average of 3.5 goals per game in their last ten outings.
Published: October 7, 2016
Our match preview predictions are fully researched and provided in good faith but no profits are guaranteed. Please gamble responsibly, you should only ever gamble with money you can afford to lose. Visit our responsible gambling guidelines for more information. 18+