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Albania vs Scotland Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

10:01 AM GMT 16/11/2018
James McFadden Alex McLeish Scotland
It could be a nervy night for Alex McLeish's men and our tipster does not think that the goals will flow freely in this Uefa Nations League encounter

Scotland face a testing trip to take on Albania in Uefa Nations League action on Saturday night.

Alex McLeish's men started their Nations League campaign with a hard-fought 2-0 win over the Albanians at Hampden, but suffered a humiliating 2-1 defeat at the hands of Israel in Haifa last month.

Nevertheless, a win here and a home win against Israel next week will see the Scots secure top spot in the group.

Latest odds

Scotland are priced up as 27/20 (2.35) favourites with bet365 to take all three points.

Albania defeated Israel on home turf in their opening match of this competition and Christian Panucci will be hopeful that home advantage helps his side to victory against Scotland on Saturday.

The odds compilers offer 11/5 (3.20) that the hosts come out on top, while bet365 go 21/10 (3.10) that the two teams settle for a share of the spoils.

Team news

Eros Grezda, who plays his club football with Rangers, could feature for the home side - and, after scoring twice for Steven Gerrard's men on Sunday, the midfielder will not be lacking in confidence.

Both Steven Naismith and Leigh Griffiths are injured and, so, Sheffield Wednesday striker, Steven Fletcher, has been recalled to the Scotland squad after a 13-month absence and seems likely to start.

Scott Bain, Scott McTominay, Jack Hendry and David Bates have joined up with the Scotland squad after Craig Gordon, Charlie Mulgrew, Michael Devlin, Kevin McDonald and Stephen O'Donnell dropped out through injury.

Goals at a premium?

Albania have scored just two goals in their last seven matches, while the Scots have struck more than once in just one of their last nine matches.

As such, bet365 offer just 8/15 (1.53) that there are fewer than three goals in this game, while the same firm go 4/6 (1.67) that either team fails to find the net.

Prediction

Goals may well prove hard to come by on Saturday night and, so, the 13/8 (2.63) quote for fewer than two goals to be scored could provide punters with a path to profit ahead of Saturday's showdown.

Odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly

Under 1.5 goals at 13/8 (2.63) for a 1pt stake at bet365