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Romania Has Huge Edge Over Albania

Bogdan Stancu Romania Euro 2016

With the expanded format at Euro 2016, there is a real possibility that one of Romania or Albania will advance to the next stage of the tournament. A winner in Sunday’s contest from either side could see them advance as one of the top third-place teams. That said, this has been a totally one-sided rivalry over the years and if history is any indication, we know which way this is going.

SHARK BITES
  • Romania has just one win in its previous five matches overall.
  • Only one of the previous six meetings between these two has gone OVER 2.5 goals.
  • Romania’s Mihai Pintilii is doubtful after being subbed off at halftime last game.

At online book Bovada, Romania is presently +115 in moneyline markets while Albania is +255 and the Draw is +240. As far as the spread is concerned, the line is currently a Pick with Romania at -185 and Albania at +150. Finally, the total is tabbed at 2.5 with OVER at +115 and UNDER currently -140.

Historically speaking, Romania has dominated Albania over the years. Albania’s last win over Romania was in 1948 and the Romanians have won 10 and drawn three in 13 matches since.

Albania gets defender and captain Lorik Cana back after he missed the previous fixture with France due to suspension but they have lost Burim Kukeli after he picked up a pair of yellows in the last game.

Albania has yet to score in the tournament but has defended admirably well and will feel hard done by with zero points out of two games.

Romania followed up a heartbreaking loss to France with a 1-1 draw versus Switzerland. Both of Romania’s goals in the tournament have come from the spot as Bogdan Stancu has converted a pair of penalties.

Entering Sunday’s action, France leads the group with six points following Switzerland with four, Romania with one and Albania with zero. There is a lot to play for here so expect both of these countries to come up playing attacking football.

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