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Euro 2016 Group A: Romania can sink spirited Albania and boost progression chances

| 19.06.2016

Lee Gormley | June 17, 2016

Romania v Albania

  • Euro 2016 Group A
  • Sunday, June 19th
  • Kick-off: 20:00 BST
  • Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Decines
  • Live on BBC One

Group A duo Albania and Romania collide

Euro 2016 Group A has been dominated by hosts France and Switzerland have been their closest challengers, but both Romania and Albania still hold outside chances of progressing to the knockout stage as they prepare to clash in their final outings.

France v Romania - UEFA Euro 2016 - Group A - Stade de France

Romania will need a win to boost their chances of going through, with three points potentially set to see them finish second (depending on the France v Switzerland score) or third, with the latter outcome still likely of earning progression within four of the best third-placed nations.

For the Albanians, their successive defeats to France and Switzerland puts them in an unpromising position, but they will still have a glimmer of hope if they can overcome their opponents by a sizeable scoreline.

In this Sunday afternoon encounter, Albania are 5/2 with Coral to secure their first three points at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, while Romania enter as 11/10 favourites to prevail in a fixture they have only ever lost on two occasions from 16 meetings.

In-form Stancu threat to Albania

Romania frontman Bogdan Stancu has struck in his nation’s opening two group games, with both his goals coming from the penalty spot against France and Switzerland, and the in-form penalty taker is 5/1 to score first this time out.

Albania v Switzerland - UEFA Euro 2016 - Group B - Stade Bollaert-Delelis

The Romanians will also benefit from the attacking talents of Gabriel Torje and Claudiu Keseru, with the pair 10/3 and 7/4 to get on the scoresheet anytime, while Florin Andone is 7/1 to net the game’s final goal.

Albania may have lost both their games at Euro 2016 so far, but they have won plenty of admirers with their defiant showings, and they will look to finally dispatch their first goal on French soil.

The key contender for doing so will be forward Armando Sadiku, who is 2/1 to strike anytime, with Bekim Balaj, Sokol Cikalleshi and Ermir Lenjani all 11/4 to find the target this time around. Attack-minded Napoli full back Elseid Hysaj has potentially played himself into the shop window this summer and he is 12/1 to net.

Potentially tight encounter

The likes of Slovakia, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Iceland are just some of the nations possibly hoping to edge through in third spot in France, and both Romania and Albania will also be aiming to be among those successful.

Soccer - UEFA Euro 2016 - Qualifying - Group F - Romania v Northern Ireland - Arena Nationala

Although, Gianni De Biasi’s Eagles have so far failed to become a threat going forward and are without a single goal scored, making Romania 13/5 to capitalise on their foes’ lack of killer instinct by emerging victorious without conceding.

Both teams had to endure letting in late goals in recent encounters and odds of 17/10 can be had on proceedings still being level after 75 minutes, while a full-time draw is 12/5 to occur in a game that still has high stakes in Group A.


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Coral’s top tip: Back Bogdan Stancu to open the scoring for Romania in this clash with Albania at 5/1.

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Lee Gormley

Lee joined the Coral team in 2014 after studying at Leeds Trinity University, having moved across the water from Ireland, and has plenty of industry experience from his time with various news outlets in both England and Northern Ireland. After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism, he has since become an important member of the talented sports desk, passionately covering boxing, football and snooker, among many other sports. Lee is also a massive Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fan, but curbs any bias during his work, and outside of his job can be found regularly taking part in sport himself, such as boxing, GAA and football.