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EURO 2016 - Romania vs Albania - MATCH PREVIEW

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Romania will have one eye on how Switzerland when they take on Albania in their final group A encounter of Euro 2016. This crucial fixture will be played at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais on Sunday, June 19.

Romania have one point from their opening two fixtures after a loss to hosts France was followed by a tenacious draw against Switzerland. In the race for automatic qualification, they are at disadvantage but Romania are still in the race for the round of 16. A win against Albania coupled with a Swiss loss to France will brighten their chances of securing second place in the group. Even otherwise, a win will surely keep them in hunt for the four available sports for best third-placed teams.


Romania may not have points to boast but they surely have captured everyone’s attention with their displays so far. They stifled the French for long and even were on course to snatch an unlikely point but for a moment of brilliance from Dimitri Payet. Even against Switzerland, they squandered a golden chance of winning full points. And now with everything at stake against Albania, the Romanians could dish up a more adventurous game.

Albania have no points to show for their enterprise so far in the tournament. Losses to France and Switzerland has virtually shut the door for the qualification. But with the round of 16 open for third-placed teams too, there is a chance of Albania ending up being a surprise qualifier. They already proved that defence is the backbone of their solid organization and it is now time to prove that they can be as good in attack.

Romania will not have any enforced changes with just a switch of formation a high possibility. Albania will welcome back their influential captain Lorik Cana after suspension. Defensive midfielder Burim Kukeli is suspended now for picking up two yellow cards in the tournament.

Romania failed only once in their last ten games in scoring a goal. But they have also conceded at least a goal in seven of these fixtures. Albania too, have managed to get on the score board seven times in their last nine matches. But, Romania comes into the game with a much more positive mindset and could be the team to beat. It could be an encounter with goals from each side but expect Romania to win and progress.

Romania to win.

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