WAL vs ALB Dream11: Wales’ 3-0 loss to France in midweek will not necessarily concern Rob Page too much given it was against the world champions and the match was seriously affected by Neco Williams’ early red card and the subsequent penalty. It will be a frustration but they will continue to build towards the tournament against an Albania side that have gradually declined since their qualification for Euro 2016 but remain a stubborn enough team. Despite that stubbornness, Wales will fully expect to win this match albeit by a slender margin.
Date: 5 June, Saturday
Time: 9:30 PM (IST)
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
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Wales – L-W-W-L-W
Albania – W-L-W-W-W
Head-to-head (three meetings)
Wales Wins- 01
Albania Wins– 01
Injury Report and Unavailability: The hosts will be without the services of Neco Williams as he serves his suspension for picking up a red card in the game against France.
Expected changes and Strategy: Coach Rob Page has a full strength squad at his disposal and we expect the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Gareth Bale and Daniel James to start on Saturday.
Wales Starting XI (Likely)
Injury Report and Unavailability: There are no injury or suspension issues for the away side before coming into this match.
Expected changes and Strategy: Albania boss has a full strength squad, including Atalanta star Berat Djimsiti and Napoli midfielder Elesid Hysaj.
Albania Starting XI (Likely)
Gareth Bale: Bale has 11 goals and a total of 26 shots on goals. This results in a goal conversion rate of 41.46%. He had a total of 18 big chances. He has a total of 3 assists, 11 key passes and he created a total of 19 chances.
Daniel James: James has 3 goals and a total of 16 shots on goals. This results in a goal conversion rate of 26.21%. He had a total of 6 big chances. He has a total of 3 assists, 12 key passes and he created a total of 8 chances.
X-factors, differential picks
Sokol Cikalleshi: Cikalleshi has 8 goals and a total of 19 shots on goals. This results in a goal conversion rate of 39.70%. He had a total of 11 big chances. He has a total of 3 assists, 4 key passes and he created a total of 12 chances.
Defenders: Lockyer, Ajeti, Mepham, Davies
Midfielders: Lenjani, Wilson, Ramsey
Attackers: James, Cikalleshi, Bale
We’re thinking that Wales look set to fashion enough chances to find the net more than once while possibly not conceding when they meet Albania, who may well struggle to find the back of the net. Our selection here is for a pretty comfortable margin for Wales at the end of the 90 minutes. In our WAL vs ALB Today Match Prediction odds, we back for a 2-0 win for Wales in this match.