Our football match prediction:
Both Albania and Italy have nothing to play for in Monday’s football match at Stadium Loro Borici. The Albanians occupy third place in Group ahead of their last qualifying match and they are seven points behind the play-offs berth. Christian Panucci’s men head into the game following a 3-0 loss to Spain, but seeing that Italy coach Giampiero Ventura is likely to mix the squad against Albania, we predict that the hosts are going to grab something from the match. The Italians failed to secure automatic qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals, but thanks to a 1-1 draw with Macedonia they made it to the play-offs and, as a result, coach Giampiero Ventura is likely to rest first-team regulars against Albania. A close encounter appears on the horizon and we would not be surprised if the two teams share the spoils in Shkoder in their last group game.
Highlighted Player (Elseid Hysaj):
Born on 2nd February 1994, Elseid Hysaj is an Albanian defender who has spent his entire professional career in Italian Serie A and he is predicted a bright future in the game. Empoli scouts spotted his talent while he was playing for Shodra youth sides, and after three years in the youth team, the full-back was promoted to the first team set up. Hysaj performed really well in his first three years as a first team regular, helping the Azzurri gain promotion to the top fight in the process. One season in Serie A proved enough for the right-sided defender to secure a big club move as he joined Napoli in the summer of 2015 and immediately nailed down a regular starting berth. Capable of doing dirty defensive work as well as making forward runs, Hysaj is a modern full-back, who is destined for big things. The talented footballer is already a key member of the Albania national team and he will represent the country at the Euro 2016 finals.
Highlighted Team (Italy):
With four World Cup titles and one European Championship trophy, Italy remain one of world’s most successful teams and they have also finished as runners up at major tournaments on four occasions. The Azzurri have become famous for their result oriented football over the years which is perfectly suited for World Cup and Euro finals, so it is now a surprise when they fail to reach the final stages. After winning the second and third edition of the World Cup, Italy endured a difficult period until lifting their first European Championship title in 1968, while they also managed to show some improvement at the turn of the century. While winning the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the Azzurri reached Euro finals in 2000 and 2012, and they are still regarded as one of the leading sides in Europe. There have been too many high-profile players leaving their mark on the national team to count, but the likes of Paolo Maldini, Gianluigi Buffon, Fabio Cannavaro, Dino Zoff, Roberto Baggio, Luigi Riva and Alessandro Del Piero will go down as some of the most successful ones.