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ian merseyside
10 Sep 18 14:37
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My first thought is that Scotland look a bit short at 1.75.  Albania did quite well in the WC 2018 qualifiers and finished 3rd behind Spain and Italy,  above Israel, Macedonia and Liechtenstein.  They don't concede many goals and only lost 2-0 and 1-0 to Italy.  Scotland are under pressure after being well beaten by Belgium and I think they will struggle to break down the Albanian defence.
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Report cardenden September 10, 2018 2:41 PM BST
lay scotland guys,,
Report jamesdean September 10, 2018 3:16 PM BST
I'd go as far as saying never mind laying Scotland, back Albania at 5/1.

Win lose or draw that's the value imo. Scotland are shockingly bad Cry
Report milla446 September 10, 2018 4:58 PM BST
All available fingers crossed for a draw tonight, or I'll probably be sleeping in the shed.

Albania's away record is pretty bad and Panucci is less than half the manager Di Biasi was so I wouldn't be rushing to back them. I didn't watch the Belgium game but I can't imagine we'll be under as much defensive pressure.
Report Platini September 10, 2018 5:36 PM BST
Game screams unders but the odds reflect that.

If Scotland win, it'll prob be a pen.

Cards is the way to go. Albanians love a booking and must be near the top of the reds table. Slovenian ref is card happy too.

Albania red at 6/1 is the value.

2 cards or more at 1/2 is the banker.
Report the bairn September 10, 2018 5:41 PM BST
Scotland tried a new system against the Belgians, it didn't work, they are a f--kin certainty tonight, they should have beaten England the last twice they met, are Albania as good as England. cheers.
Report Platini September 10, 2018 5:48 PM BST
Albania no mugs these days, but don't tend to travel.

I think Scotland might just sneak it, but I wouldn't back them at 4/6 in a million years.
Report jamesdean September 10, 2018 6:14 PM BST
Albania only lost 2 out of ten on the road in competitive games plat, to Spain and Italy.

7/1 now is crazy
Report jamesdean September 10, 2018 6:14 PM BST
Albania will feel confident of claiming a positive result when they come to Glasgow, for they have lost just two of their last 10 competitive matches on their travels - against Italy and Spain respectively.
Report jamesdean September 10, 2018 6:18 PM BST
That's not too shabby an away record, 4 out of last 5 games tbh
They did lose to Kosovo in the other one for balance but certainly wouldn't say bad travellers


13.11.2017
INT FRL
Turkey
2-3
Albania

06.10.2017
FIFA WCQL
Spain
3-0
Albania

05.09.2017
FIFA WCQL
Macedonia FYR
1-1
Albania

11.06.2017
FIFA WCQL
Israel
0-3
Albania
Report Zsa_Zsa_Gabors_Leg September 10, 2018 6:20 PM BST
Laid Scotland @ 1.63
Report jamesdean September 10, 2018 6:26 PM BST
at 7/1 on here for Albania, it can only be due to team news.
Maybe Albania are depleted. I know they have 3 players def out (but one of them plays for sevco so maybe not a bad thing)

Some times you see odds that just don't make sense and tonight is definitely one they times.
No doubt Scotland will now turn into world beaters for 1 game only
Report colupaul September 10, 2018 6:34 PM BST
On Albania @ 8... Scotland all blue on Oddschecker but 8 on the away team seems generous whatever...
Report JC1326 September 10, 2018 6:37 PM BST
I'm optimistic for Scotland in the Nations League. Definitely think when they get relegated from this group they might have a chance of not finishing bottom of Group D, although they'll need to avoid the big guns in that group, like Luxembourg and San Marino
Report Zsa_Zsa_Gabors_Leg September 10, 2018 6:39 PM BST
I cannot see how chasing shadows for 90 mins 3 days ago has been helpful
Report Geesyerdosh September 10, 2018 6:49 PM BST
A truly mess of a line up. We are managed by a drunk without a clue. Albania are a huge price
Report milla446 September 10, 2018 7:07 PM BST
Fair enough Jd, hadn't delved too deeply into their recent stats, the Kosovo game was the most recent one that stuck in my head, although shenanigans was doubtless a real possibility there. Im always wary of counting friendlies and dead rubbers in relevant stats though.

Still not overly optimistic about their chances tonight, even if they aren't up against much.
Report Des Pond September 10, 2018 7:46 PM BST
Under 1.5 for me.
Report Des Pond September 10, 2018 8:00 PM BST
Albania look pretty poor. I'd heard some pundits saying they were quite good, but not much evidence of it, so far.
Report penbud September 10, 2018 8:04 PM BST
looks like albania don't fancy the pissing rain ref covering his booking points earlyLaugh
Report Platini September 10, 2018 8:36 PM BST
All Scotland here and Albania under all the pressure. Strange performance from the ref so far.
Report GRANTCKING September 10, 2018 8:39 PM BST
will finish 1-0 nap
Report Des Pond September 10, 2018 8:40 PM BST
Scotland should've been in front by now. Albania defence shaky, but no composure from Scots up top.
Report hulk23 September 10, 2018 8:41 PM BST
just tried to work this whole nations league thing out - be easier enrolling on a 4 year masters degree in applied polynomials ... Scared
Report Platini September 10, 2018 8:42 PM BST
Albanians lose a lot of late goals.  Worth getting involved late on, if its still stalemate.
Report Des Pond September 10, 2018 8:45 PM BST
I'll bear that in mind, Plat. I,ve laid off my stake on under 1.5 just in case. Happy
Report GRANTCKING September 10, 2018 8:48 PM BST
1-0
Report GRANTCKING September 10, 2018 8:49 PM BST
was offside but the goal stands, start the car
Report Des Pond September 10, 2018 8:49 PM BST
1-0. shocking defending.
Report Platini September 10, 2018 8:50 PM BST
JUSTICE


now bring on the cards.
Report Platini September 10, 2018 8:53 PM BST
how poor is McGinn at this level ?

Twice I've seen him now in a Scotland shirt, completely out of his depth.  Celtic dodged a bullet there Cool
Report Des Pond September 10, 2018 8:58 PM BST
I'd heard some ex-players raving about McGinn, but so far, all I've seen is him giving the ball away in dangerous positions.
Report Platini September 10, 2018 8:59 PM BST
Was a good player at Hibs, but that might just be his level.
Report wisewords September 10, 2018 9:02 PM BST

Sep 10, 2018 -- 8:49PM, GRANTCKING wrote:


was offside but the goal stands, start the car


Bonnie Scotland!

Report Des Pond September 10, 2018 9:10 PM BST
keeper, Shocked
Report Des Pond September 10, 2018 9:15 PM BST
Albania have the worst defence I've seen in a long time.
Report penbud September 10, 2018 9:15 PM BST
scotland topping a euro group Crazy
Report sofiakenny September 10, 2018 9:16 PM BST
easy easy easy!GrinGrin
Report themightymac September 10, 2018 9:16 PM BST
oh ye of little faith. well done bairn, cheers
Report Crisp77 September 10, 2018 9:23 PM BST
I don't think this is the proper Albania team. None of them have white hair and pink eyes.
Report SlippyBlue September 10, 2018 9:32 PM BST
I'm pretty sure all the Albanians are on unders.
Report Des Pond September 10, 2018 9:38 PM BST
Where did all this rubbish about Albania being a "decent team that have only lost to the likes of France and Italy", come from? They were dreadful.
Report Platini September 10, 2018 9:42 PM BST
Well deserved victory for the Scots.

Bookings landed as well Grin
Report Des Pond September 10, 2018 9:45 PM BST
Well done on the bookings, Plat, I considered it, but had to answer the door and missed the chance.
Report milla446 September 10, 2018 9:53 PM BST

Sep 10, 2018 -- 9:38PM, Des Pond wrote:


Where did all this rubbish about Albania being a "decent team that have only lost to the likes of France and Italy", come from? They were dreadful.


Maybe Scotland are actually better than everyone gives us credit for. Maybe.

Satisfying evening all round. Win in Israel next month and we're laughing.

Report Des Pond September 10, 2018 10:03 PM BST
yes. Scotland played well. They played to their strengths, and Albania couldn't cope with the intensity and pressure.
Report akabula September 10, 2018 11:19 PM BST
Well played Scotland. 2-0 going on 5.
One in the eye for the doubters.
Well done to the bairn as well for calling it right.
Well done also to Big Eck for getting the line-up spot on.
Report Kriskin September 10, 2018 11:21 PM BST
That Albania team has to be one of the worse international teams I've seen recently. Made Scotland look half decent.
Report badjoe September 11, 2018 7:21 PM BST
Looks like Scotland are going to have to be the Ambassadors for the UK in this competition, only UK country to top their group, keep a clean sheet and have a 100% record so far, what would you do with out us ?, your welcome by the way, a thank you would be nice.Happy
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