World Cup 2018 Qualifiers
The derby between the two overachievers of Group G will also take place on Saturday, with Albania hosting Israel.
If Spain and Italy are level on 7 points in the group, Albania and Israel come 3rd and 4th, both with 6 points – gathered from the same games, with almost the same scorelines.
Naturally, we’d expect a draw between them, but let’s go a bit further into analyzing.
Albania vs Israel – 12/11/2016
Betting Odds At The Best Online Bookmakers
FT Result: Albania 2.25 or 5/4 Draw 3.25 or 9/4 Israel 3.60 or 13/5
Total Goals Over/Under 2.5: Over 2.40 or 7/5 Under 1.53 or 8/15
Both Teams To Score: Yes 2.05 or 21/20 No 1.70 or 7/10
Albania’s stature has grown in recent times, after a surprising presence in the final tournament of Euro 2016 and some good performances there (including a 1-0 victory over Romania).
In this group, they won against Macedonia and Liechtenstein and gathered 6 points, only to lose 2-0 against Spain, as widely expected.
Their clash against Israel is a sort-of derby for third place since it’s very hard to think that any of the two teams will pose any real threat to the two footballing powerhouses.
On the other hand, Israel has almost the same line of results. Wins against Macedonia and Liechtenstein, a 5-5 goal difference and a loss against Italy are their results so far, before their game in Albania in which they put big hopes.
A win here could set them up for 3rd place and can do wonders for the morale of their fans, while a loss would be perceived with much disappointment. Who doesn’t want to win the first clash in history against another nation, regardless of its name?
Albania vs Israel Betting Tips
From a betting perspective, we have to say we expect a close game. Both teams to score is a good idea here, while we also slightly favor Israel to break the deadlock and score a goal.
X2 could be a very good bet – since the away team has experience on their side. Meanwhile, we also expect a game with a good number of cards, since both teams play a physical game.
Both Teams To Score: Yes @ 2.10 or 11/10 with 32Red
Draw With Goals @ 4.75 or 15/4