Our prediction for this Euro 2020 match:
Elbasan Arena will host Thursday’s game between Albania and Andorra, the two teams who face each other in the Euro 2020 qualifiers. Albania aim to build on a 4-0 win over Moldova, and they are seen as hot favourites to win the upcoming qualifier. Edu Reja’s men are eyeing their third consecutive win at home, and they are definitely capable of beating Andorra, who suffered a loss in each of their four away games in Group H.
Sturm Graz attacker Bekim Balaj will be one of the men to watch in the home team. The Albanians are a real force to be reckoned with at home, and we are positive that they are going to pick up all three points from the match. When the two teams met at Estadi Nacional earlier in the process, Albania recorded a 3-0 win over Andorra.
Highlighted Player (Amir Abrashi):
Despite being born in Bischofszell, Switzerland, Amir Abrashi decided to represent Albania on the international stage. The 172-cm-tall footballer was born on 27 March, 1990 and he made his Albania debut on 14 August, 2013 in a friendly against Armenia.
It has to be noted, though, that he played for Swiss youth national teams (U17, U19, U21). Amir Abrashi represented Switzerland at the 2012 Summer Olympics as well. Speaking of his club career, the Albanian footballer made his senior debut for Winterthur II in a goalless draw with GC Biaschesi on 16 May, 2007. Abrashi made 58 league appearances for the first team as well and in 2011 he signed a permanent deal with fellow Swiss side Grasshopper.
After scoring 5 goals in 100 appearances for the club, he joined Freiburg on 3 June, 2015. Abrashi signed a three-year contract with the Bundesliga outfit. He plays for SC Freiburg as a defensive midfielder, but he is capable of producing fine performances as a central midfielder as well.
Highlighted Team (Andorra):
Andorra national football team played their first official game in 1996, with the team suffering a 6-1 loss to Estonia. The Tricolours have been participating in both European Championship qualifiers and World Cup qualifiers since 2000, but they have yet to make it to the finals of the major tournament.
Andorra have established themselves as a cannon fodder for their rivals, but it has to be noted that they did well to beat Macedonia in the 2006 World Cup qualifier (1-0). The Andorrans play their home games at Estadio Nacional in Andorra la Vella and you should bear in mind that they suffered their biggest defeat in an official match on June 4, 2005 when they were outclassed by Czech Republic in Liberec.
Speaking of their biggest win, the minnows recorded a 2-0 victory over Belarus in a friendly game in Aixovall. The likes of Ildefons Lima and Oscar Sonejee are the most notable footballers who represented Andorra on the international stage.