France should be confident of continuing their impressive home form against Albania – but they will know that a slip up here could let in Turkey and Iceland in the group standings.
France are averaging three goals a game in this qualifying phase so far and there is nothing to suggest that the homes side will not find the net regularly against Albania – even if the visitors look to stifle the French attack.
TOTAL GOALS OVER 3.5
Turkey managed to find France’s weak spots on match day three as they recoded a memorable 2-0 win in Konya. Albania do not have the same kind of talent at their disposal however and it is unlikely that they will be able to beat Hugo Lloris in the France goal.
FRANCE TO WIN TO NIL
It is only the start of the season for the majority of the French side but this is a team that has enjoyed playing together over the last few years and will look to make Albanian defensive errors pay. A big home win could well be on the cards.
FRANCE TO WIN BY FOUR GOALS OR MORE
Head to Head
Albania did shock France in a friendly in 2015 by beating the two times European Championship winners 1-0. But that result has proved to be the exception to the rule as France have won five other matches and drawn one.
Home win for France
It is almost 10 years since France last lost a European Championship qualification game at home – and that trend will not end with the visit of Albania. There is an interesting tussle for the top two places in Group H after France’s defeat in Turkey though – and they will know that they cannot afford to slip up against the smaller nations in the group.
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