UEFA Nations League Albania vs Israel
Albania’s national team finished third in Group G of the CM 2018 preliminaries, with 13 points, Spain 28 points and Italy 23 points, ahead of Israel 12 points, Macedonia 11 points and Liechtenstein 0 points. The balance was 4 wins, a draw and 5 defeats, scoring 10 goals and getting 13.
The team trained by Italian Christian Panucci had no chance in the CM 2018 preliminaries, being in a group with Spain and Italy, but hopes to have a run in the C League No. 1, along with Israel and Scotland. The first-ranked player will promote the League B Nations Group 4. The Albanians are in a balanced group that can be won by virtually any country.
Albania’s program: Israel (07/09/2018 home and 14.10.2018 deplice) and Scotland (September 10, 2018 debuted and 17.11.2018 home).
The hosts can not count on Odise Roshi (Akhmat Grozny), Armando Vajushi (no team), Amir Abrashi (SC Freiburg) and Burim Kukeli (FC Sion) who are injured while Gentian goalkeeper Selmani (Laçi) and midfielder Odise Roshi (Akhmat Grozny) and Ylber Ramadani (Vejle) were sent to the youth team. Defender Ansi Agolli (Qarabağ) has most selections, 73, while striker Bekim Balaj has the most scored goals, 4.
This year, “Kuq e Zinjtë” played 3 matches, all on their own, being defeated by Norway (0-3), Kosovo (0-3) and Ukraine (1-4).
Albania’s game for Israel:
Goalkeepers: Etrit Berisha (Atalanta), Thomas Strakosha (Lazio), Alban Hoxha (Partizani Tirana)
Defenders: Ansi Agolli (Qarabağ), Msrgim Mavraj (no team), Elseid Hysaj (Napoli), Berat Gjimshiti (Atalanta), Freddie Veseli (Empoli), Besir Demiri (Mariupol), Herdi Prenga (Inter Zaprešić) FF), Enea Mihaj (Malmö)
Midiers: Andi Lila (PAS Giannina), Jahmir Hyka (San Jose Earthquakes), Migjen Basha (Aris Thessaloniki), Ledian Memushaj (Pescara), Taulant Xhaka (FC Basel), Sabian Lilaj (Gabala), Eros Grezda (Glasgow Rangers) Emanuele Ndoj (Brescia), Bujar Lika (Grasshopper), Enis Gavazaj (Yenisey Krasnoyarsk)
Attackers: Bekim Balaj (Akhmat Grozny), Rey Manaj (Albacete), Sindrit Guri (Oostende)
Selection: Christian Panucci (April 12, 1973)
Israel’s representation finished fourth in Group G of the CM 2018 preliminaries, with 12 points, Spain 28 points, Italy 23 points and Albania 13 points, ahead of Macedonia 11 points and Liechtenstein 0 points. The balance was 4 wins, 0 draws and 6 defeats, scoring 10 goals and receiving 15.
Israeli team could not claim to Russia’s CM in such a group, but now with Austrian coach Andreas Herzog hopes to have another way in Euro2020 and C League N, where he is in Group 1, next to Albania and Scotland.
Israel Program: Albania (September 7, 2018 away and October 14, 2018 home) and Scotland (11 October 2018 home and 20 November 2018 away).
FIFA Ranking: 93th place, 1256 points
The guests have 4 injured players for the match with Albania, goalkeeper Ofir Marciano (Hibernian Edinburgh), midfielder Almog Cohen (FC Ingolstadt 04) and Nir Bitton (Celtic Glasgow) and striker Tal Ben Haim II (Sparta Prague). Midfielder Bibras Natkho (Olympiakos Piraeus) has the most selections, 50, while striker Tomer Hemed (Queens Park Rangers) has the most scored goals, 16.
This year, “white-blue” played a friendly match on March 24th, being defeated at home with 2-1 of Romania. The most important match of the year, with Argentina, was canceled.
Israel’s team for the match with Albania:
Portari: Ariel Harush (Hapoel Be’er Sheva), Guy Haimov (Maccabi Haifa), Danny Amos (Maccabi Netanya)
Defenders: Eitan Tibi (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Eitan Tibi (Hapoel Be’er Sheva), Taleb Tawatha (Eintracht Frankfurt), Eli Dasa (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Ben Bitton (Hapoel Be’er Sheva), Samuel Scheimann ‘Er Sheva’), Lois Taha (Hapoel Be’er Sheva), Ayid Habshi (Maccabi Haifa), Nisso Kapiloto (Hapoel Haifa)
Midfielder: Bibras Natkho (Olympiakos Piraeus), Eran Zahavi (Guangzhou R & F), Beram Kayal (Brighton & Hove Albion), Dan Einbinder (Hapoel Be’er Sheva), Dor Peretz (Maccabi Tel Aviv) , Dan Glazer (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Maxim Plakushchenko (Hapoel Haifa)
Forward: Tomer Hemed (Queens Park Rangers), Moanes Dabour (Red Bull Salzburg), Alon Turgeman (Austria Vienna), Dia Saba (Maccabi Netanya), Manor Solomon (Maccabi Petah Tikva)
Selection: Andreas Herzog (September 10, 1968)
Betting Tips: Albania | under 1.5 goals in the first half