Just three days after a brutal 4-0 friendly thrashing by Belgium, Scotland kick off their UEFA Nations League campaign at Hampden Park as they welcome Albania. 

Albania are currently of League C1 after beating Israel through Taulant Xhaka’s 55th minute goal, but face a tough test against the Scots who are favourites to be promoted to League B. 

 

Team news

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Scotland have striker, Leigh Griffiths available after he overcame an ankle injury picked up in the defeat against Belgium. 

Ally McLeish therefore has a fully fit squad at his disposal. 

Albania are without Odise Roshi and Armando Sadiku due to injury whilst new Rangers winger, Eros Grezda could also be sidelined. 

Stat Attack

  • This is the very first meeting between these sides. 
  • Scotland have won just one of their last six games, beating Hungary 1-0 in March which is also the only game in which they have scored this year. 
  • Albania have kept just one clean sheet in their last six matches. 

 

Prediction

Scotland might be bruised following Friday’s performance but they can take heart from their potential when pushing forward, particularly at the start when they could of opening the scoring in third minute.   

Defence however needs significant improvement because Albania will punish any sloppiness at the back, just like Belgium did to maximum effect. 

If they show that improvement here, I can see them producing a win here but both sides have been awful at the back in recent games.

In summary, expect plenty of goals or a dull draw here. 

Prediction: Scotland 2-1 Albania 

Result: Scotland 2-0 Albania

 

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