Our prediction for this Euro 2020 match:
Thanks to a hard-fought 2-1 win over Moldova, France retained top position in Group H. Les Tricolores have already secured their place at the 2020 European Championship, but they aim to finish the process in the first place in the standings. Didier Deschamps’ troops are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach against Albania, who failed to impress in a 2-2 draw with minnows Andorra on Thursday evening.
Despite failing to find the net in the 2-1 win over Moldova, Kylian Mbappe will be the man to keep an eye on in the away team. The Albanians have little to play for in their last group game, but, no doubt, home fans will pack Arena Kombetare in Tirana. When the two teams met at Stade de France earlier in the process, France outplayed Albania 4-1, which is yet another reason why away win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Etrit Berisha):
Etrit Berisha is an Albanian goalkeeper born on 10 March 1989 in Prishtina, and he has become an important player for the Albania national team over the years. After starting his youth career in his native country, Berisha joined Swedish side as a youngster and he quickly managed to prove his worth on senior level, making 90 league appearances and even scoring 3 goals from the penalty spot.
The impressive displays in Swedish Allsvenskan earned him a lucrative move to Lazio in the summer of 2013, and he has since been vying with Federico Marchetti for a starting berth at Stadio Olimpico, making almost 40 league appearances during the first three years at the club. Berisha has also performed well for the Biancocelesti in Coppa Italia and Europa League, while helping Albania qualify for their first ever European Championship finals.
The talented goalkeeper spent every minute on the pitch during team’s successful qualifying campaign, making sure his name will be written in the Albania national team history books.
Highlighted Team (France):
Recording impressive results on international stage since 1904, France are widely regarded as one of the world’s most successful national teams, with three major trophies to their name. Two of those were won on home soil as Les Bleus emerged triumphant at the 1984 World Cup and 1998 European Championships, before also winning the 2000 Euros in Netherlands and Belgium.
Michel Platini, Jean Tigana, Luis Fernandez and Alain Giresse formed the “Carre Magique” during the 80’s as one of the most impressive attacking line-ups made life difficult for opposition defenders for years on end.
The new golden generation appeared at the turn of the century and featured players like Thierry Henry, Zinedine Zidane, David Trezeguet and Youri Djorkaef, winning back to back major trophies to place Les Bleus back on the map.
A new world-class team appears to be in the making as the likes of Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Raphael Varane are the pillars of the team led by Didier Deschamps. France national team now play their games at the stunning Saint Denis, or Stade de France.