Albania vs Portugal 09/07/2015 UEFA Euro2016 Preview, Odds & Predictions
Portugal vs Albania
Monday 7th September 2015 14:45(ET)
The Line: Albania 4/1 Draw 12/5 Portugal 17/20 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sky Sport; Bein Sports; Fox Sports
One of the games of the night will see Albania play host to Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo as both teams look to take control of Group I. Portugal actually benefitted from the weekend games as Albania and Denmark could opnly draw which left both team a point behind Portugal in the Group. Portugal are heavily reliant on Cristiano Ronaldo and the brilliant Real Madrid striker is the key to everything they do going forward. With Pepe, Carvalhyo ,Mouthino, Nani and Quaresma there is lots of experience in this side and with youngsters like Bernard Silva and Eder there is talent coming through the ranks. This is a Portugal side who will have eyes on winning the Euros in 2016 but first they must negotiate this tricky group and this extremely tricky fixture in Albania.
Albania gave one of the perfromances of the qualifiers so far when winning in Portugal in week one of the qualifiers, since then though they have stuttered a little with two draws against Denmark. Albania have a solid team with an excellent defence probably based on Italian manager Di Biasi who has done a remarkable job with this squad.Gashi and Sadiku up front are a handful and they will test the Portugese defence here.
This should be a good game and a battle of defence as I see Albania just trying to shut down Ronaldo and hit on the counter attack. While I like the price on Portugal here away from home I worry about their attack who looked out of sync against France and have struggled to really fire in these qualifiers with Ronaldo scoring five of their seven goals. I think the unders are a solid bet here and I will be taking them. The draw is not a bad bet for those looking for an outright bet.