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France vs Albania preview

Kick off: Wednesday, 15 June @20:00 GMT

Venue: Stade Velodrome (Marseille)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to Head Record

Albania vs France 1-0 (2015 Friendly International)
France vs Albania 1-1 (2014 Friendly International)
France vs Albania 3-0 (Euro 2012 qualifiers)
Albania vs France 1-2 (Euro 2012 qualifiers)
France vs Albania 5-0 (Euro 1992 qualifiers)

France vs Albania Team News

Anthony Martial came as a substitute in the 2-1 win over Romania and he is likely to start from the bench once again. Patrice Evra failed to impress in the Euro 2016 opener and he could drop to the bench. The likes of Paul Pogba, Laurent Koscielny, Eliaquim Mangala and Blaise Matuidi missed the last training session, but they should be fit for the Albania clash. Dmitri Payet impressed against Romania and he will be the man to watch in the home team. Striker Olivier Giroud is one yellow card away from suspension.

Injured: None

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Lorik Cana was sent off in the 1-0 loss to Switzerland, meaning that he will have to serve his ban against France. Coach Giovanni De Biasi has no fresh injury worries and he is unlikely to make too many changes to the team that faced the Rossocrociati. However, Sokol Cikalleshi is pushing for a start. The likes of Mavraj, Kukeli and Kace all picked up yellow cards against Switzerland.

Injured: None

Doubtful: None

Suspended: Lorik Cana (92/1)

Quick Facts

  • France recorded ten wins in last 11 games
  • Les Tricolores scored 2+ goals in each of their previous five matches
  • Albania have yet to score at European Championship finals
  • Ergys Kace scored for Albania in their last meeting with France (1-0)
  • Olivier Giroud scored his 18th goal for France against Romania

France vs Albania Prediction

France will be looking to build on a hard-fought 2-1 win over Romania when they take on Albania in their second group game. Les Tricolores are favourites on paper to emerge triumphant in Wednesday’s encounter, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. Albania produced a fine display in the 1-0 loss to Switzerland, but seeing that they will be without captain Lorik Cana against France, home win appears on the cards.

Betting Tip: France/France

Odds: 1.70 (7/10) @Betfair

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