On Friday evening, Albania and Israel will face off in the UEFA Nations League, with the winner advancing to the top of Group B2.
The first two games in this three-team group have ended in draws, leaving the door open for one of these countries to take complete control with a win in Tirana.
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Albania, Israel, and Iceland have already been spared relegation to the third division, with Russia out of the picture due to Vladimir Putin’s military invasion of Ukraine.
In principle, this frees up three evenly matched nations to fight it out for promotion to Division A, and the competitiveness has already been demonstrated with draws in the first two games.
Albania was held to a draw in Iceland on Monday, with Taulant Seferi’s first-half goal in Reykjavik being wiped out by an equalizer soon after the break.
In the end, head coach Edoardo Reja will consider a point gained a draw away from home, the outcome marking the country’s best performance since a win in Hungary in October.
However, it continued a trend of only one win in their last six games, with the lone triumph coming at home against Andorra thanks to a late penalty.
The Eagles aren’t firing on all cylinders right now, and they’ll be without a few key players, notably Armando Broja, who tested positive for coronavirus.
Israel are certainly the outsiders to advance from this group, but it needed an 84th-minute equalizer against Iceland at home to guarantee that they did not go into matchday one without a point.
While Alon Hazan is convinced that they will qualify in the end, failing to take advantage of one of their home matchups in September could be crucial.
The Blue and Whites have lost four straight games on the road, conceding 14 goals to Denmark, Scotland, Austria, and Germany in the process.
With relegation out of the question for either of these countries, they may throw caution to the wind in their pursuit of glory. Nonetheless, there is nothing to choose between the two clubs, and we believe a low-scoring draw is the most likely result.