Our football match prediction:
David faces Goliath at Estadio Jose Rico Perez in Alicante. Group G leaders Spain will book their place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals with a win over Albania and they are widely expected to pick up all three points from Friday’s football match. La Roja are after their seventh consecutive win in the process, but coach Julen Lopetegui must warn his men against complacency. Alvaro Morata has been scoring goals for fun in the Premier League this season and the Chelsea attacker is likely to lead the line for the hosts against Albania. The Albanians have little to play for in Friday’s clash against the star-studded Spaniards and they are unlikely to spoil La Roja’s party at Estadio Jose Rico Perez. You should bear in mind that Spain emerged triumphant in each of their six meetings with Albania and Christian Panucci’s men are unlikely to put an end to the negative trend.
Highlighted Player (David Silva):
David Silva is a product of Valencia’s youth system. Born on 8 January, 1986, the highly rated footballer made his debut in the 2004/2005 campaign and went on to score a total of 21 goals for the Estadio de Mestalla outfit. In 2010, the Spanish midfielder signed a deal with Premier League side Manchester City and he has already won two domestic championships with the free-spending club. In the 2015/2016 season David Silva and Co. faced Real Madrid in the Champions League semis, but the Spanish giants proved to be a big catch for the Citizens in the two-legged tie. Silva plays as an attacking midfielder, but he is capable of playing as winger or a second striker as well. He is well known for his possession-retaining qualities and, as a result, he got the nicknames “Merlin” and “El Mago”. David Silva won the 2014 FIFA World Cup trophy with Spain, while winning Euro 2008 and Euro 2012 with La Roja as well.
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.