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Bitesize Prediction: Albania vs Bulgaria – 17/10/23

Tom Dunstan in Betting Tips and News 15 Oct 2023

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Competition: International friendly

Market: Albania win

Odds: 7/11 @ BetUS

Looking to extend on their recent purple patch in midweek, Albania will welcome Bulgaria to Tirana for a friendly showdown.

Starting with the hosts, marking their return to EURO 24 qualifying duties with a stunning performance last week, Albania are in the midst of what has been a stellar run of form. Eventually breezing their way to a 3-0 romp against the Czech Republic, the Eagles find the mood in their camp at a red-hot high. Continuing to gain a string of plaudits and sat firmly in pole position to book their ticket to the major tournament stage, Sylvinho’s high-flying squad will be looking to make another statement here. Currently sat at the top of the Group E standings and riding a famous wave of momentum, Albania will also be excited by their extended success on home soil. Including that stellar 3-0 victory against the Czech Republic last week, Tuesday’s hosts have won each of their previous four contests in Tirana by an aggregate score of 9-0. With their recent purple patch underlined by a 2-0 win against Poland on September 10th, Sylvinho’s men are rightfully tipped as a standout contender here.

As for the visitors, while some in Bulgaria’s camp might have opened up this year’s EURO 24 qualifying adventure dreaming of the chance to mount a genuine top-two charge, the Lions have failed to find any kind of stability. Last seen over the weekend putting in a nightmare display on home soil as they suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Lithuania, Mladen Krstajic’s side have come under increasing scrutiny. Remarkably mustering just a pair of points from any of their six qualifying showdowns this year, the one-time Serbia boss has also seen his downbeat squad lose each of their previous three appearances on the spin across all competitions. Likewise, without a win from any of their last eight outings – a run that stems back over the past 11 months – Bulgaria will be bracing themselves for a stern examination here. Still without an away victory to their name since opening 2023, we are backing a home win on Tuesday night.

Bet: Albania 7/11 to beat Bulgaria in Tuesday’s International friendly matchup @ BetUS

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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