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Debut Major Tournament for Albania

In what will undoubtedly be a very special atmosphere, Albania will face Switzerland in their first-ever match at a major international tournament. Although the Swiss start as overwhelming favourites, the pressure is off for the Albanians and stranger things have happened in this competition.

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  • Albania qualified for the Euros despite losing two of their last three matches.
  • Albania defeated hosts France in a friendly last year, 1-0.
  • Switzerland have won 5 out of the last 6 meetings between the sides.

Online betting shop Bovada is currently offering Switzerland as favorites at -125 with an Albania victory at +425. A draw is +230. In terms of the spread, the Swiss are slightly favored for -1/2 (-125) and Albania is +1/2 (Even).

At the last World Cup Switzerland was unlucky not to reach the quarterfinals, losing to eventual finalists Argentina two minutes from the end of extra time. Having only lost three times in qualifying, La Nati have some momentum heading in to Euro 2016.

On the other hand, Albania will be looking forward to their first-ever outing at a competitive international event and they certainly won’t make it easy for their opponents. Stubborn, sturdy and on a high, this Albanian side will be raring to go in a battle in France.

Switzerland’s Euro preparations were poor, as the squad lost 2-1 to Belgium and 1-0 to Ireland. Albania had mixed fortunes in their friendly matches, beating Qatar 3-1 before going down by the same score line against Ukraine.