Albania vs Serbia 10/08/2015 UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifier Preview, Odds and Predictions
Serbia vs Albania
Thursday 8th October 2015 14:45(ET)
The Line: Albania 6/4 Draw 21/10 Serbia 19/10 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sky Sports; ESPN
Albania will be looking to leap frog Denmark into one of the automatic qualifying spots for Euro 2016 when they take on Serbia at the Elbasan Arena. The first game between the two sides was abandoned in the 41st minute after crowd trouble with the game finely balanced at 0-0. Albania were awarded a 3-0 win and there is no doubt that Thursday's rematch will be contested keenly. Serbia have a fine team and really will feel like that game against Albania cost them more than just the one loss but got them deducted three points as well that is a potentially six point swing and one that could have kept them competitive in this group. With Kolorov, Ivanovic, Tadic, Ljajic and Tosic there is more than enough talent here for Serbia to be competing to win this group not just this game. Serbia have the talent to be much closer to Portugal Denmark and Albania but lack of discipline cost them here in this group , that doesnt mean they cant play spoiler and beat Albania on Thursday though.
Albania played a great game against Portugal last time out only to lose to a 90th minute goal. That result leaves Albania a point behind Denmark but with a game less played. A win here on thursday will move them above Denmark if Portugal can get the win over Denmark and a win for Albania would also guarantee themselves an automatic spot if Denmark lose. Albania have a hard working team with more team work than individual brilliance the reason behind their success, with a very strong defence Albania will line up not to lose this one as I think they along with me realise that Denmark are unlikely to beat Portugal and a point would move Albania close to the automatic spot.
I am again taking the unders in a international game, I do think this game could have some trouble in it after all the last game between the two was abandoned. But I think Albania will hold their own and frustrate Serbia, I see this being a very low scoring encounter and possibly finishing 0-0 or 1-0.