Spain will face Albania in the World Cup 2018 European Qualifiers in a match that will stream live after Spain’s draw against Italy.
Date, Kick-Off Time, And Venue
The game will take place on October 10, 2016, at Stadium Loro Borici. The kick-off times for various time zones are provided below.
- UK time: 7:45 p.m
- USA time: 2:45 p.m.
- Pacific time: 11:45 a.m.
- Kenyan time: 9:45 p.m.
- UAE time: 10:45 p.m.
- Indian time: 12:15 a.m.
- Malaysia time: 2:45 a.m.
Spain Squad in Full
Goalkeepers: David de Gea (Man United), Pepe Reina (Napoli), and Sergio Rico (Sevilla).
Defenders: Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Sergi Roberto (Barcelona), Nacho (Real Madrid), and Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid)
Midfielders:, David Silva (Manchester City), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), and Isco (Real Madrid)
Forwards: Nolito (Manchester City), Diego Costa (Chelsea), Lucas Vazquez (Real Madrid), Vitolo (Sevilla), Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid), and Jose Callejon (Napoli)
Match Preview and Team News
Spain impressed against Buffon and Co. in Turin as the Reds dominated possession, pressed hard, and created chances in plenty while Italy looked lost.
But then Sergio Ramos, who is performing well below his best this season, conceded a penalty, astonishingly his fourth of the season for club and country. The game finished 1-1, but the scoreline didn’t reflect Spain’s superiority.
Spain’s left-back Jordi Alba suffered thigh injury during the game, and he will miss the Albania game. The Barcelona man will be expected few weeks out, and he is replaced by Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal, as reported by ESPN.
Meanwhile, Albania is sitting at the top of Group G with maximum points after two games, defeating Liechtenstein and Macedonia. Albania’s recent 2-0 win over Liechtenstein was imperious and it could have scored more goals.
Albania Predicted Line-Up (4-3-3): Berisha; Hysaj, Djimsiti, Mavraj, Agolli; Abrashi, Kukeli, Xhaka; Roshi, Sadiku, Hyka
Spain Predicted Line-Up (4-3-3): De Gea; Roberto, Pique, Ramos, Monreal; Iniesta, Busquets, Koke; Nolito, Morata, Silva
TV Schedule and Channel
In the U.S., the game will be live on fuboTV, Fox Sports GO, UniMás, Fox Sports 1 USA, Univision Deportes USA, and Fox Soccer 2GO USA. In the U.K., the match will be live on Sky Sports 3/HD UK, NOW TV UK, Sky Go UK, and SKY GO Extra. You can also watch the game at the live stream link provided at the end of this article.
Albania vs. Spain: Head-to-Head (H2H)
Spain has a wonderful record against Albania having won five out of five games. But these two teams haven’t met in a long time, more than 23 years. The last time Spain met Albania was in FIFA World Cup game in which La Roja thrashed Albania 5-1.
Albania vs. Spain: Prediction
On paper, Spain is stronger. Spanish squad consists of many World Cup and European Championship winners, and most of its players play in big European clubs such as Barcelona and Real Madrid. La Roja also had a strong game against Italy, so we back Spain to come out as a winner.
Final Predicted Score: Albania 1-3 Spain
Albania vs. Spain: Betting Tips and Odds
- ALBANIA win: 10/1
- A draw: 7/2
- SPAIN win: 2/7
- Under 2.5 goals: evens
- Over 2.5 goals: 8/11
- Both teams to score: 6/5
- Both teams fail to score: 8/13
Key Points to consider
- Albania has won both qualifying games, with Liechtenstein (2-0) and Macedonia (2-1) in the Group G.
- Spain is placed second in Group G and Albania is ranked on the 1st place.
- Spain has scored over 2.5 goals against their rivals in the last four games.
- Spain drew 1-1 in Turin against Italy, and it thrashed Liechtenstein 8-0 in in the first game of the qualifier.
(The odds were provided by Paddypower.)
Albania vs. Spain: Live Stream Watch Online Free
The match can be watched live streaming online in the link here.
The link will be updated just before kick-off.
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