The city of Lens is the setting for a historic game as Albania play their first ever match at a European Championship finals against Switzerland on Saturday.
Giovani De Biasi's men come into the game and indeed the tournament as clear outsiders with their lack of experience and good form counting against them.
Since qualifying for Euro 2016 Albania have played six friendlies, of which they have only won two against Luxembourg and Qatar. Draws against Kosovo and Georgia plus defeats to Austria and Ukraine will hardly have filled the side with confidence and NetBet offer them at 87/20 (5.35) to record what would be a shock victory in Group A.
Switzerland, meanwhile, can be backed at 4/5 (1.80) and that itself looks a healthy price for what is on paper a solid-looking outift who qualified behind England with seven wins from their 10 group games.
The Swiss line-up boasts a hugely experienced back four, a strong midfield and a touch of magic in the final third with the likes of Granit Xhaka and Xhedran Shakiri - just two of a number of stars with Albanian heritage which is set to add extra spice to what looks an interesting betting heat.
The Stoke City forward can be backed at 29/10 (3.90) to get on the scoresheet and while he was not prolific for the Potters this season, he has a decent scoring record for his country, netting four times in qualifying. NetBet have Switzerland duo Haris Seferovic and Eren Derdiyok as their 2/1 (3.0) joint favourites in the anytime scorer market.
While Switzerland's preparatory results have been overwhelming, they did give a well-fancied Belgium side a real test before losing 2-1 at the end of May and they should be too strong against a nation making their debut in the competition.
The bookmakers, however, expect this to be a low-scoring game with under 2.5 goals offered at 9/20 (1.45) and Switzerland's record at the European Championships shows why. The Alpine nation have played nine matches over three different tournaments with six of those games seeing less than three goals scored. To this end, a victory for Vladimir Petkovic's men coupled with under 2.5 goals in the game looks a tempting prospect for a modest investment at 17/10 (2.70).
|Switzerland to win and under 2.5 goals at 17/10 (2.70) for a 0.5pt stake with NetBet|