ALB vs FRA Dream11:: France wrap up their Euro 2020 qualification with an away game against Albania at Arena Kombëtare. The World Champions beat Moldova 2-1 in the last game to book a spot in next summer’s global showpiece even, but manager Didier Deschamps must not be entirely happy with the performance of his players, especially from his forward players who had enough chance to sore half a dozen goals in the game but fluffed their lines in most situations. More precision and composure are needed in the final 3rd if France want to win the ultimate prize in European football next summer.
That said, the next game is not a dead-rubber by any means, for France will like to finish at the top of their group. As things stand, they are two points clear of 2nd place Turkey and need at least a point from their last game.
For Albania, the writings are already on all. They are out of Euro 2020 qualification and now face a difficult task of facing the mighty France team in the last game.
But it’s not that Albania are playing bad. They had a very good outing against Andorra where they had almost 80% of the ball, producing chances in bulk and could have gone out of sight at the half time.
Albania have become a team who loves to keep the ball under manager Eduardo Reja. However, playing that sort of game against the Les Bleus, still, the hosts can cause problems if their players improve their finishing.
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Competition: UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers
Match Timing: November 18, @ 01:15 AM
Match Venue: Arena Kombëtare
Albania team news;
Florian Kamberi will be missing the game for Albania. He is the only player on Albania’s injury list at the moment.
Considering how Albania were in their general play against Andorra, we expect them to go with the same playing 11 as in the last game.
Goalkeeper: Etrit Berisha, Thomas Strakosha, Alban Hoxha
Defenders: Elseid Hysaj, Ermir Lenjani, Berat Gjimshiti, Freddie Veseli, Ardian Ismajli, Kastriot Dermaku, Hysen Memolla, Enea Mihaj
Midfielders: Odise Roshi, Ledian Memushaj, Ylber Ramadani, Emanuele Ndoj, Keidi Bare, Kristi Qose, Lorenc Trashi, Lindon Selahi
Forwards: Bekim Balaj, Rey Manaj, Myrto Uzuni, Taulant Seferi
France team news:
Blaise Matuidi has been ruled out for France’s game against Albania, while Hugo Lloris and Aymeric Laporte remain long-term injury absentees for the World Champions.
Manchester United’s Anthony Martial and Real Madrid star striker Karim Benzema have been overlooked once again.
Goalkeepers: Steve Mandanda, Alphonse Areola, Mike Maignan
Defenders: Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Clement Lenglet, Leo Dubois, Presnel Kimpembe, Kurt Zouma, Benjamin Mendy, Lucas Digne
Midfielders: Corentin Tolisso, Blaise Matuidi, Moussa Sissoko, Tanguy Ndombele, N’Golo Kante
Forwards: Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Thomas Lemar, Nabil Fekir, Kingsley Coman
Albania: Berisha (GK), Hysaj, Ismajli, Djimsiti, Veseli, Roshi, Menishaj, Bare, Sulejmanov, Balaj, Manaj
France: Mandanda (GK), Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Dubois, Sissoko, Tolisso, Mbappe, Griezmann, Lemar, Ben Yedder
We back France to win this game.