France v Albania betting tips and predictions for Group A’s second match for both sides at Euro 2016 including the best odds for each bet selected.
France play their second Euro 2016 fixture knowing a win will secure their place in the last 16 while Albania know another defeat will leave them will an almost impossible task to qualify.
What an exciting opener we had when France took on Romania last Friday. France dominated the possession and had the majority of chances, and after Olivier Giroud headed his team in-front, it looked like job done. Patrice Evra’s inexplicable defending resulted in a Romanian penalty and a lifeline, and when Bogdan Stancu converted, it seemed like Romania had spoiled the party. Then step forward Dimitri Payet, ignored by the national coaches in his past, you could see how emotional he got after scoring that incredible 89th minute winner.
Albania were always going to be the underdogs in this tournament. 3rd smallest nation in terms of population ahead of Iceland and Northern Ireland, this plucky side earned their place in this summer’s tournament. After watching them against Switzerland they can feel very hard done by that they didn’t get a draw. They had ten men for the majority of the game after captain Lorik Cana picked up two silly yellow cards in the first half. They were already 1-0 down at that point as Fabian Schar had put Switzerland 1-0 up after a goalkeeping howler. They did deserve something from the match as they still were on top, but again, goals are scarce in this side and when Shkelzen Gashi had the whole Swiss penalty area to himself with just the keeper to beat, he lacked composure when it mattered.
As well as Albania played it was also down to how poor Switzerland were. France are a different proposition, and a win in this match will guarantee progression to the next round of the tournament. The odds for a France win are unsurprisingly short at 2/9 so to get some value for my France vs Albania tips I need to delve into the handicap market.
My first France vs Albania prediction is going to be France to win -2 handicap. Albania will be without their captain Lorik Cana due to suspension, and France will have swept away any lingering fears or concerns from the Romania game. They know now they can play free-flowing football, and with how lethal their midfield and forwards can be, they could easily score three or four in this match. France to win -2 handicap is 2/1 with Paddy Power.
My second France vs Albania betting tip of the match is going to be France to be winning after 30 minutes. I quite like this market when there’s one side who are significantly better than the other. Albania took their time settling against Switzerland and I don’t think they’ll be given any time in this to settle. They conceded after five minutes against the Swiss, and a rapid French start could see them losing very early on. Coral are offering 13/10 for France to be winning at the 30 minute mark.
My final betting tip for France vs Albania is going to be Antoine Griezmann to score first. He looked slightly off his best against Romania, due to the considerable amount of games he’s played already this season, and he still hit the post even not playing his best. I think after a few days more rest, and some additional confidence, he’ll fancy himself to score in this match, and his pace may unlock the Albanian defence. He’s 4/1 with Ladbrokes to get the opening goal of the match.
France to win -2 handicap – 2/1 with Paddy Power.
France to be leading at 30 minutes – 13/10 with Coral.
Antoine Griezmann to score first – 4/1 with Ladbrokes.
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