Albania v Scotland Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

November 13, 2018

- Grant Whittington

Loro Borici Stadium - Nations League

Scotland travel to Albania for the first match of a crunch UEFA Nations League double header for Alex McLeish's side, before hosting Israel in Glasgow.

Past Meetings

Scotland beat Albania 2-0 on home soil last month, in their firs ever meeting, with Steven Naismith scoring the winner for McLeish's side, following a first half own goal from Berat Djimsiti.

Team News

Scotland have new captain Andrew Robertson, Kieran Tierney, Stuart Armstrong, Ryan Fraser and Steven Fletcher in their squad for their upcoming two games.

However they are without injured midfielder Robert Snodgrass, and Leigh Griffiths and Naismith were overlooked by McLeish for these games.

Albania have called up Serie A defensive trio Elseid Hysaj, Djimsiti and Freddie Veseli from Napoli, Atalanta and Empoli respectively.

Albania v Scotland Predictions and Preview

Scotland have their Nations League fate in their own hands, with three points from their first two games in the inaugural version of the new competition.

A win against Albania was balanced against defeat away against Israel, but two wins in these games would guarantee promotion to League B for Scotland, and offer them a timely boost ahead of the European Championships in 2019.

However their opponents are in an identical situation, after beating Israel at home and losing away to Scotland - setting this clash up to be a tight encounter, with a draw available at 2/1.

Albania have struggled for goals in recent games, with two in their last eight games, and Scotland have netted five in the same run of matches - and an under 2.5 total goals scored bet is at 8/15.

Recommended Bets

A 1-1 draw at 9/2

Both teams need a win to take a major step towards promotion in the Euro Nations League, but that may mean that they will cancel each other out in this clash. Who is promoted from this group is likely to be decided on the last day of match action next week.

Matt Phillips to score anytime at 5/1

West Brom attacker Phillips is the only player in the Scotland squad to have scored for the national team in the past eighteen months, with Griffiths and Naismith both absent this time around. He has also scored five Championship goals for The Baggies so far this season.

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