Kick-off: 1900, 20/11/2018
Stadium: Elbasan Arena
TV: Sky Sports
Wales had to settle for second place in their Nations League group but showed enough to suggest they can prove a cut above Albania in Tuesday’s friendly.
The Dragons performed with credit in the second grade of pools, while Albania finished bottom of a third-tier section following Saturday’s 4-0 drubbing by Scotland.
This low-key affair may be more closely contested, but 6/5 for an away win still appeals for our first Albania vs Wales prediction.
A Look At Albania’s Betting Odds
To be fair, Albania did get off to a decent start against the Scots, with Basel midfielder with Taulant Xhaka, brother of Arsenal star Granit, and Eros Grezda, of Rangers, showing up prominently.
Croatia-based striker Myrto Uzuni missed a good chance to give his team the lead when heading wide, but things fell apart after Ryan Fraser broke the deadlock and Mergim Mavraj was then dismissed.
Albania did edge out Israel 1-0 at this venue in September, but that was their only win in eight games this year, suffering six defeats and drawing 0-0 with Jordan.
The Eagles have drawn a blank up front in all but two of those fixtures and Wales will fancy their chances of a clean-sheet success in Elbasan.
Looking at the Albania vs Wales odds, we reckon 11/5 for an away win to nil is worth support.
A Look At Wales’ Betting Odds
Wales’ hopes of joining the elite of European football were ended by streetwise opponents in Denmark, who won 2-1 in Cardiff on Friday night.
However, the Dragons did build on reaching the Euro 2016 semi-finals by beating Republic of Ireland at home and away in the Nations League.
Captain Ashley Williams said: “These competitive games have been good. It’s been worthwhile for us because we’re in a bit of a transition with all the new players.
“The last few camps, we’ve got to know each other really well, on and off the pitch, and you can see the way the boys are progressing.”
Ryan Giggs has lost defenders James Chester and Paul Dummett due to injury but still seems keen to take this contest seriously.
Reading defender Chris Gunter will win his 93rd cap, eclipsing the long-standing record of former goalkeeper Neville Southall, and will also want to mark the occasion with a win.
Let’s add 21/4 for a 1-0 away victory to our Albania vs Wales betting tips.
ALBANIA 0-4 Scotland
WALES 1-2 Denmark – Bale
Head-to-head: Albania 1-1 Wales, Wales 2-0 Albania
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