Albania take on the visitors Faroe Islands in the round 10 match of group stage of UEFA Euro-2024 qualification. The match will be played on Monday, November 20th at Air Albania Stadium (Tirana).
Albania made a breakthrough during the Di Biasi era, gradually building their game to qualify for Euro 2016. However, that breakthrough remained a singular achievement, although the team became a formidable opponent capable of taking points from anyone. Another successful qualification happened unexpectedly in the current cycle under Silvino, a former player but an inexperienced coach. Despite losing to Poland in March, his new charges later earned a draw only in the Czech Republic, winning all other matches and topping the group. In the last round with Moldova, they missed a victory but secured a return to Euro, even clinching it prematurely.
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Faroe Islands cannot be satisfied with the current cycle. In recent years, the "Sheep Farmers" demonstrated several times that they are no longer hopeless outsiders like Liechtenstein and San Marino. However, they haven't made a qualitative leap like Luxembourg. In 2023, they failed to accomplish their tournament task: winning the battle for the second-to-last place. It all started with a 1-1 draw against their competitor Moldova. Subsequently, they lost to all opponents, including a 0-1 defeat at home to Moldova. In November, they began with a friendly match against Norway, suffering a 0-2 defeat.
In June, the teams played against each other for the first time, and Albania managed to win 3-1 away. Motivation might be lacking, but the difference in class remains. Considering the home advantage and the field factor, let's go with the hosts with a handicap of "-1.5 goals."
Prediction for the match: Albania to win with -1.5 handicap.