Italy vs Albania by JerryDrake

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Italy
VS
Albania
Around 10.000 Albanian fans will support their team tonight at Stadio Marassi in a friendly organized by the Italian Football Federation to help the recovery of the city of Genoa after the flooding.

 

Albania is coached by Italian trainer De Biasi. In September Albania defeated Portugal 1-0 while some days ago Albania drew with France 1-1 in a friendly game. Italy with new coach Conte, who substituted Prandelli, won all except their last match with Croatia, 1-1 in Milan.

 

Tonight Italy will play without the players considered to be the “regulars” of the Azzurri such as Pirlo, De Rossi, Buffon, Marchisio and Chiellini. There will be only Leonardo Bonucci who was suspended with Croatia. Many Italian players have been selected from Genoa and Sampdoria: Perin, De Silvestri, Sturaro, Antonelli but also Okaka and Gabbiadini who should both start from the bench.

 

Conte has stated yesterday that he expected the Italian players to be more enthusiastic about playing for their national team. When a journalist asked if he is going to try and change Balotelli, he answered: “I have no time for that”.

 

He probably had no time to change mentality of Italian players neither although the "reserves" should always give their best to gain a place in the future starting elevens. Albania will be motivated and can play a good match. Score prediction: 1-1.

 

Probable line-ups

 

Italy: Sirigu (or Perin); De Silvestri, Bonucci, Moretti; Cerci, Parolo, Sturaro, Bonaventura, Antonelli; Giovinco, Destro. Coach: Conte

 

Albania: Berisha; Hysaj, Cana, Mavraj, Agolli; Lila, Abrashi, Kukeli, Memushaj, Lenjani; Cikalleshi. Coach: De Biasi

 

Bet: Albania AH+1, odds: 1.80 Bet365, stake: 7/10

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Albania AH+1 Bet365 1.80 7 1-0 PUSH (Stake return)
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