June 4, 2022 Sports Betting
Albania kicks up their UEFA Nations League campaign on Monday when they travel to Reykjavik to face Iceland in Group B2.
The visitors were absent since their scheduled encounter against Russia was canceled owing to their opponent’s present constraints, while the hosts began their 2022 campaign with a hard-fought draw in Israel on Thursday.
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Iceland vs Albania Tips and Prediction
Forth a tense opening match of this year’s Nations League campaign, Iceland put in a strong performance to earn a draw in Haifa in midweek.
Arnar Vidarsson’s side came within a hair of getting off to a flying start on matchday one in what turned out to be a wonderfully entertaining contest with lots of opportunities at both ends of the pitch.
After going down midway through the first half, Iceland equalized with a well-deserved equalizer on the stroke of halftime.
After Arnor Sigurdsson gave the visitors the lead shortly after the break, Iceland found themselves on the back foot as Israel dominated the second half.
Despite the fact that the hosts snatched a point six minutes from time through Shon Weissman, which was earned on the balance of play, Vidarsson’s side will be satisfied with a point from their first encounter on the road.
Despite descending from League A for a difficult 2020 campaign against Denmark, Belgium, and England, Iceland will face a difficult task in gaining immediate promotion back to the top division in a difficult B2 group, especially given recent form.
With the draw on Thursday, Iceland has only won once in the last 12 months – a 4-0 win over Liechtenstein in October – with the other 12 international matches ending in a draw or defeat. However, a win over Albania would put the hosts in a commanding position in Group B2.
Meanwhile, as previously stated, Albania did not play Russia in midweek, and with no international friendly scheduled in its stead, their trip to Iceland on Monday will be their first since March.
In two friendlies back then, Edoardo Reja’s side lost to Spain and was held to a goalless draw at home by Georgia, following an excellent attempt at qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Despite their best efforts, Albania was unable to qualify for their first-ever World Cup, falling just short of Poland for second place.
In Group I of the UEFA qualifying campaign, Kuq e Zinjt defeated the minnows of Andorra and San Marino without a hitch, as well as an amazing double against Hungary, but eventually, losing all four games against the top two teams, Poland and England, denied them a place in Qatar.
Reja will be hoping that his team can build on their recent success in the Nations League when they kick off their season on Monday, having achieved promotion from Group C4 in 2020 at the expense of Belarus, Lithuania, and Kazakhstan.
Israel, Iceland, and Albania appear to be evenly balanced in Group B2, so it will be interesting to see how it plays out in Reykjavik, and it might well be a sign of how far Albania has progressed in recent years if they manage to pick up all three points in their opener.
These two countries appear to be evenly matched going into this match, making for a fascinating tie and group as a whole.
We would anticipate Albania to win all three points if they were playing at home, but with Broja and Manaj unavailable to lead the line on the road, we can see them taking out a point to start their Nations League campaign.