Kosovo v Andorra – Betting Preview
Kosovo will be aiming to claim their first win in Group I of Euro 2024 qualifying when they host Andorra on Tuesday.
The visitors, meanwhile, were defeated 2-0 at home to Romania at the weekend.
Indeed, having only become a fully-fledged recognised footballing nation by FIFA in 2016, Kosovo will sense a major opportunity to qualify for their first major tournament even at this early stage of their development.
There is almost no excuse for Kosovo not to at least secure the second automatic qualification spot behind Switzerland in the group, given that they were put in Group I alongside Switzerland, Israel, Romania, Belarus, and their next opponents Andorra.
Dor Peretz’s goal for the hosts in the second half offset Eli Dasa’s own goal in the 36th minute as Alain Giresse’s team earned a commendable 1-1 draw against Israel in Tel Aviv in their opening game.
With Andorra widely anticipated to finish last in the group as the sixth-lowest-ranked country in Europe, Giresse expects to back up their hard-earned point with a convincing victory.
The fact that Andorra are no longer seen as complete whipping boys, while having been placed as low as 206th in the world as recently as 2011, still, shows development for a nation with, according to an estimation made last year, fewer than 80,000 people living within its borders.
In fact, Andorra has lost by two goals or less in just one of their last twelve games, and their 2-0 loss to Romania on Saturday was a big letdown.
Koldo Alvarez had little opportunity of creating a comeback at Estadi Nacional as Dennis Man and Denis Alibec scored either side of halftime and Marc Rebes’s departure seconds later.
Having avoided finishing bottom in each of their most recent two qualifying groups for major tournaments, Alvarez – who has overseen his home nation’s development as manager since 2010 – will likely be targeting finishing above Belarus, with any points they can pick up against other teams in Group I potentially regarded as a bonus.
1×2 Betting Odds
Let’s begin analysing the 1×2 market
With Romania simultaneously hosting Belarus, Kosovo will not want to lose further ground on one of their main rivals for the second automatic qualification spot in Group I, and we expect them to claim a relatively comfortable victory.
The home side is the massive favourite in this @ 1.16.
Andorra undoubtedly provide the majority of their opponents with a more disciplined task than they managed to in previous years, but they clearly lack individual quality to hurt teams on a regular basis.
They are the underdogs in this @ 27.24.
The market odds of a draw stands @ 7.90.
Total goals over/under
Let’s check the over/under scenario
The odds that the total number of goals scored will be over 2.5, stands @ 1.80.
While the odds that the total number of goals will be under 2.5, stands @ 2.12.
Given the gap in quality between the two sides, expect a few home goals in this one!