Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Hungary welcome Albania to their Puskas Arena in what is expected to be a closer World Cup qualifier. The Hungarians quickly bounced back from back-to-back defeats to England and Albania, with the team beating Andorra 2-1 on home soil in their last group game. Marco Rossi’s men aim to stay in the race for a place in the playoffs, and they should go all guns blazing at Edu Reja’s charges.
Mainz attacker Adam Szalai misses the match through injury, with Sporting Kansas City forward Daniel Salloi pushing for a start. The Albanians, on the other hand, faced no difficulties in a 5-0 win over San Marino, and seeing that Adam Szalai should be sorely missed in Saturday’s qualifier, we are tempted to put our money on draw. A man to watch in the away team will be Lazio defender Elseid Hysaj.
Highlighted Player (Willi Orban):
Willi Orban was born on 3 November, 1992 in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Orban plays as a centre back, but he can operate as a defensive midfielder as well. The 185-cm-tall footballer is a product of Kaiserslautern’s youth academy and he played 35 league games for the reserve team between 2011 and 2013.
Orban made his debut for the first team in 2011, against Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich. The Kaiserslautern footballer made 68 league appearances for Kaiserslautern, scoring 7 goals for the German outfit between 2011 and 2015, but in May 2015 he signed a contract with Leipzig. Kaislerslautern fans were very angry with the defender when he decided to join die Bullen.
Willi Orban has two caps for Germany U21, but he has yet to make his debut for the senior team. He has a contract with Leipzig, which expires on 30 June, 2019. Willi Orban has a dual citizenship (Germany, Hungary).
Highlighted Team (Albania):
The Albanian national football team has represented the country on international stage since 1946, and it is interesting to note that Albania was one of the founding members of UEFA back in 1954. The Eagles have enjoyed very little success in the 20th century, but they managed to show some improvement at the turn of the century and eventually secured their first ever appearance at a major tournament.
Albania qualified for the Euro 2016 finals as they came second in their qualifying group behind Portugal, taking 14 points from 8 matches, with Italian coach Gianni De Biasi at the helm. The Eagles have never qualified for the World Cup finals in 11 attempts, winning mere 14 of 94 World Cup qualifiers.
Former Lazio defender Lorik Cana has worn the captain’s armband over the last few years and he is Albania’s most capped player, while former Chievo forward Erjon Bogdani still holds the record for most goals for the national team, with 18 strikes in 74 appearances.