Albania is one of the biggest surprises of the Euro Cup 2016 already. On the other hand, their first opponent the Switzerland national football team consists of a number of naturalized Albanian football players. There will be a lot of mixed emotions on the court, that’s for sure. Besides that we expect to see an exciting match between a team whose strengths lie in team work and dedication, and on the other side of the football field, there’s a hard working squad of football players who will leave their hearts on the field.
It will be rather tough for the Albanian squad to face off their brothers who are part of the Swiss national team. Their journey to France was a real roller coaster. Albania reserved its ticket to France in the last moment. The football community was stunned by the performance of this small country’s national team who relied on their team spirit that led them to victory. Albania’s inconsistency on the football field can make even the most experienced football analyst think twice before he makes the final conclusion. In their last 5 official games that were part of the Euro Qualifying Round, Albania scored only 5 goals, while conceding 6 goals in their own net. They seem to perform poorly against weak teams, but when it comes to rivals like Serbia or top-notch teams like France and Portugal they act like a tough nut to crack.
The Albanian national team is led by Lorik Cana, a defender who plays for the French football club Nantes. The ultimate responsibility or credit goes to head coach Gianni De Biasi. He already made a huge success by taking Albania to the Euro Cup. He will take risks, while the Swiss team still has much to prove.
The Group A of the Euro Cup is the most confusing one. As we mentioned earlier, the Swiss team includes players with Albanian heritage. We hope there won’t be any conflict of interest. Switzerland’s leading star is Xherdan Shaqiri who’s raised in Switzerland, but comes from Albania. We expect to see an under-performance on the Swiss side. This biased performance may be detrimental for them. Yet again, this is only their 1st game. They’re not going to be able to let a room for any calculations. If they want to proceed to the knockout stage, they better give their best right off the bat.
In the past 5 games the Swiss scored 13 goals, 7 of which were against San Marino. Then again, they’ve conceded only 3 goals. The Albanian strikers have to kick it up a notch if they want to score in their first game. It seems like the Swiss defense is a real fortress only top notch teams like England, for instance, can score against them.
The Swiss team is led by the experienced right back Stephan Lichtsteiner and on the bench, there’s the head coach Vladimir Petrovic. It will take much more than just experience, to overcome what awaits them on the 11th of June.
Due to the complex nature of the game, it’s rather tough to make a clear-cut prediction on how the match will end. An inconsistent team such as Albania can make a huge surprise overcoming the Swiss defense. Then again, on paper the Swiss are the undisputed favorites in this game.
If the Swiss want to guarantee their pass to the knockout stage they better scoop the 3 points in the first match. France will most likely advance to the knockout stage. The 2nd ticket is still not reserved. A landslide victory is what the Swiss need to prove the community they have no mixed emotions whatsoever.
The odds for the Swiss team to be the victor of this encounter are 1.75 or 3/4. We expect to see a final score that will look like 1:2 or 1:3 in the best case. You might as well place a bet on both teams to score and 2.5+ goals.