Saturday Football Tips: Albania hungry for cards in Budapest

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Albania can bag some bookings in Budapest

After a 9/2 winner on Friday, Paul Higham takes his props column to Hungary on Saturday where visiting Albania should see plenty of yellow...

"Albania have seen five cards against them in Poland and Andorra in recent away games - they even got four in a friendly against Wales in June."

Back Albania to get over 3.5 cards v Hungary @ 3.55/2

Hungary v Albania
Saturday 9 October, 19:45 kick-off
Live on Sky Sports red button

A big game in England's group sees Hungary looking for revenge when they host Albania after losing to them only last month - a result which now leaves Albania second in the standings.

Albania sit a point above Poland having done a good job of putting away Andorra and Sam Marino then grabbing that huge win over Hungary. They've lost to Poland and England already but are still in there fighting to make it to the World Cup for the first time.

Hosts Hungary can go above Albania with a win here though, which they're expected to get after their promising Euro 2020 showing gave their fans hope of making it back to the World Cup for the first time since Mexico in 1986.

It's been two years since Hungary managed back-to-back home wins at the Puskas Arena and their chances of doing so have been made harder by captain Adam Szalai, who has 25 goals to his name, being out through injury. Albania have also been decent on the road with six clean sheets in their last seven, albeit to minor opposition.

With so much at stake, at home, and looking to avenge a recent loss, the play here has to be in the bookings market with goals looking a little dodgy - none of the last seven meetings between the two has seen both teams score.

There's been 16 bookings in the last three competitive meetings between Hungary and Albania and given the revenge nature of this game then another six this time around is certainly not out of the question.

As the away team, Albania could be on the sharp end of Spanish referee Carlos del Cerro Grande's whistle and they're no strangers to high card counts on the road - seeing five yellows in Poland in their last game and five in Andorra in March. They even managed four in a friendly with Wales in between.

Their rough defensive approach should be able to get them at least another four cards here as they try every trick in the book to frustrate Hungary.

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Returned: 75.80pts
P/L: +19.80pts

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