Albania – San Marino Predictions
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Albania 5-0 San Marino
Date: 08.09.2021 | Match at: 19:45 | League: World Cup – Qualification | Tip: Over 2.5 Goals | Odds: 1.30 | Bookie: Unibet.
Albania – San Marino Match Preview
- The race for second place is on after Albania’s crucial 1-0 win over Hungary put them one point behind Poland in World Cup Qualification (WCQ) Group I. A win against group whipping boys San Marino would propel Albania into second if Poland drop points vs England, and put the Balkan state closer to qualifying for international football’s biggest tournament for the first time in their history.
- A victory vs the world’s second worst footballing nation is widely expected, although boss Edoardo Reja will take nothing for granted considering one of his first home games in charge of Albania saw his squad held 2-2 by one of UEFA’s smallest member states, Andorra.
- San Marino are where everyone expected them to be, bottom of Group I at the halfway point after five defeats, all by a margin of at least two goals. None of this will have been a surprise of course, but the microstate will still be hoping this WCQ campaign could see them pick up a point for the first time since the 2002 WCQs. After holding Albania goalless until the 63rd minute in the reverse fixture, this game may have been earmarked by boss Franco Varrella as a potential shock in the making.
- If the tiny enclave can hold out until even the HT whistle that will be a major achievement, as San Marino’s last six WCQ away fixtures all saw them concede within 20 minutes (L6).
- Players to watch: Teenager Armando Broja was Albania’s hero vs Hungary with his late winner. With his birthday this week, he’ll hope to score here and celebrate in style. Nicola Nanni shocked Poland as he scored his first-ever international goal on Sunday – it was also San Marino’s first strike vs a top 30 ranked FIFA nation for nearly eight years!
- Hot stat: Nine of Albania’s last ten competitive fixtures have seen at least four yellow cards, albeit the exception was the WCQ reverse fixture (two).