It’s no great surprise that the Albania v Switzerland betting odds heavily favour the Swiss, but this could well be a closer game than many would anticipate.
There is an added intrigue to this game with a number of players from both squads having been eligible to play for the opposition based on birth or parentage. It could very well even feature siblings competing against each other, with Granit Xhaka representing Switzerland up against older brother Taulant for Albania.
There is some real quality in the Switzerland ranks in the likes of Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri and they could be dark horses for a run to the latter stages. They do perhaps lack a reliable goalscorer though and it might be asking a bit much for 19-year-old Breel Embolo to take on that responsibility just yet, a factor to consider when choosing the best Euro 2016 free bet offer.
Of course Albania’s place in their first ever major international finals owed more than a little to their being awarded a 3-0 win for the abandoned qualifying game in Serbia, but it still shouldn’t be forgotten that they came through a tough group.
They also drew with France in Rennes and beat them in Elbasan in ‘centralised friendlies’, with the Euro 2016 hosts playing against Group I teams on ‘spare’ dates in what was the smallest group in the qualifiers. They do struggle for goals and that’s a definite problem, but they are well organised under Italian coach Gianni De Biasi and able to soak up pressure.
In their most recent encounters, the Swiss did the double over Albania in the World Cup 2014 qualifiers.
With this being the opening group game for both teams, it could be a fairly cautious affair and backing a half-time correct score of 0-0 with any Albania v Switzerland free bets looks the sort of punt that might be worth an interest.