France vs Albania is sure to be an interesting matchup between the leaders of group H and a nation hoping for an upset. France are coming off a 2018 World Cup win and they do not look like slowing down any time soon. As of now they secured 9 points in four qualifying games. Albania are not too far behind earning a decent 6 points in 4 games. With three teams level on 9 points this will be an important game for France. They can put some distance between them and the rest of the group.
France vs Albania Prediction & Match Preview
Saturday, September 7 – 14:45 EST – Stade de France
France’s only blunder in qualifying was a shock defeat to Turkey. They will look to stay perfect throughout the remaining qualifying matches and secure the top spot. This generation of French footballers will be looking to add to their World Cup win. This squad certainly has the quality to do so. Manager Didier Deschamps may have some selection issues for this match. Several regulars are nursing injuries and it is unsure if they will be fit in time for the match. Such players include Mbappé, Kanté, Pogba and Ndombélé. Nonetheless, this team still has the quality to survive such absences. It will give Deschamps an opportunity to get a look at some fringe players. Expect Griezmann to start the game after a couple of fine performances for his club Barcelona in recent weeks.
Albania’s campaign is likely to end in defeat. Unfortunately, they find themselves in a highly competitive group. This team find themselves in a peculiar position as they cement themselves firmly in the middle of the group. They earned victories over bottom feeder teams Moldova and Andorra. However, both of their losses came to nations ahead of them. Turkey and Iceland will be vying for that second qualifying spot which leaves Albania as the clear cut 4th placed team in the group. As difficult a task as it may seem, a victory over France would go a long way for their qualifying dreams. Napoli right back Elseid Hysaj is the obvious star of this team. He will have his hands full in this contest which will most likely end in defeat.
OUR PICK: FRANCE + OVER 2.5 GOALS @ 1.53 ON BET 365