There’s another huge game in Group I of the Euro 2016 qualifying stage this Friday, September 4 when Denmark hosts Albania at the Telia Parken in Copenhagen. Both teams enter the game with 10 points and are tied behind Portugal, who leads the group with 12. Denmark has three wins with a draw and a loss and has scored eight times and allowed four. Albania has a game in hand as they’ve played just five times in the five-team group. They’re currently unbeaten with three victories and a draw. They’ve scored seven goals and conceded two.
Denmark vs Albania Soccer Betting Preview
- bet365 lists Denmark as the current favorites at 4/6 while Albania is 11/2 and a draw is 11/4
HEAD TO HEAD:
- Lasse Vibe scored for Denmark in their first Group I meeting in October to earn his side a 1-1 draw in Albania after Ermir Lenjani gave the home side the lead. These two sides have met just nine times in the past with Denmark winning six games, losing just one and drawing the other two. They’re also 4-0 at home against their rivals. Albania’s lone victory came back in October of 1963 when they edged Denmark 1-0 in a UEFA European Championship qualifying contest.
The Danes know a win here could vault them into first place and give them a three-point cushion over Albania. However, the same scenario will happen with an Albanian victory as they’ll put three points between them and their opponents. The two nations don’t really need to worry about fourth-place Armenia as they have just one point. Serbia is also out of it as they’re sitting in last place with -2 points. They’re sitting in the hole because UEFA took three points off the team after crowd trouble in their match against Albania. The Albanians were handed a 3-0 forfeit win in that fixture.
Danish midfielder William Kvist will need to watch himself in this game as he’ll receive a one-match suspension if he receives a yellow card during it. Before losing to Portugal in October, Denmark was on a seven-game winning streak at home in European Championship qualifying contests. Their previous home defeat came back in October of 2007 when Spain downed them by a score of 3-1 and a qualifier for the Euro 2008 tournament.
This is a crucial game for both teams as a win will send the victors into first place, at least temporarily. Portugal is sitting this round out and will remain on 12 points no matter what happens in this encounter. While Albania can certainly be a thorn in anybody’s side, it’s unlikely they’ll be leaving Denmark with all three points after the final whistle on Friday. They may take one, but not three.
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