NIGER V DJIBOUTI
Niger enter this game after a 1-1 WC Qualifiers - Africa drawn match against Burkina Faso.
Matches featuring Niger have usually been engaging ones of late with plenty of scoring expected. Over their past 6 games alone, the sum of 24 goals have been recorded for both sides combined (at an average of 4 goals per game) with 7 of these coming from Niger.
Following on from suffering a loss in their previous game against Algeria in WC Qualifiers - Africa action, Djibouti will be aiming to make amends here.
A tendency of at least one side getting a clean sheet in games involving Djibouti has become evident in recent matches. Examining their last six outings reveals that it has happened 5 times. In those clashes, opposing sides have hit a goal tally of 22 and Djibouti have scored 2. We will just have to see whether or not that trend will end up being continued on in this game.
Prediction: Both teams to score
POLAND V HUNGARY
Poland fans will want a repeat of their previous result, being the 1-4 WC Qualifiers - Europe triumph against Andorra.
In that game, Poland managed 79% possession and 18 attempts at goal with 8 on target. For Poland, the goalscorers were Robert Lewandowski (5', 73'), Kamil Jóźwiak (11') and Arkadiusz Milik (45'). At the other end, Andorra had 2 shots on goal with 1 on target. Marc Vales (45') was the scorer for Andorra.
Matches involving Poland have usually been entertaining ones lately with a lot of goalmouth action the rule rather than the exception. Over their past six games, the sum total of 26 goals have gone in for both teams combined (at an average of 4.33 goals per game) with 20 of them accredited to Poland. It will be interesting to find out if that trend can be continued on here.
Hungary go into this match after a 4-0 WC Qualifiers - Europe win with the eclipse of San Marino in their previous outing.
In that match, Hungary managed 79% possession and 23 shots at goal with 11 on target. For Hungary, the goalscorers were Dominik Szoboszlai (6', 83'), Gazdag (22') and Bálint Vécsei (88'). San Marino got 1 shots at goal with 0 on target.
Looking at their form, and Hungary have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 games, with opponents netting 10 goals overall. Defensively, Hungary have clearly had some problems.
Prediction: Over 2.5 Goals
ALBANIA V ANDORRA
Albania will be looking to improve on their last outing here following the 5-0 WC Qualifiers - Europe losing effort in their last game against England.
In that game, Albania managed 36% possession and 5 shots at goal with 4 on target. England got 15 shots on goal with 6 of them on target. Harry Maguire (9'), Harry Kane (18', 33', 45') and Jordan Henderson (28') scored for England.
Edoardo Reja's Albania have managed to score 9 times in their last six outings. The corresponding number of goals that have been scored against them in those same fixtures stands at 8.
Following on from being beaten in their last game against Poland in WC Qualifiers - Europe competition, Andorra will be aiming to make amends here.
In that match, Andorra had 21% possession and 2 attempts at goal with 1 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Andorra was Marc Vales (45'). At the other end, Poland had 18 shots at goal with 8 of them on target. Robert Lewandowski (5', 73'), Kamil Jóźwiak (11') and Arkadiusz Milik (45') scored for Poland.
A tendency of at least one team drawing a blank in games featuring Andorra has been evident of late. Checking on their last 6 meetings reveals that this has occurred 5 times. During those clashes, opposing sides have hit a goal aggregate of 11 and Andorra have scored 6. Regardless, we will just have to wait and see if that trend might be maintained in this next game or not.
Prediction: Both teams to score
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