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Scotland and Albania have only met twice prior to tonight’s clash. The first meeting came in 2017 when Scotland won 5-0 in Paisley, with goals from Fiona Brown, Jane Ross, Claire Emslie and Jane Ross.
The second tie came last year when goals from Kim Little and Jane Ross confirmed all three points and a 2-1 win in Albania. A victory that was rather significant for Kerr’s side…
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Scotland currently sit six points behind table-topping Finland but eagle-eyed readers will note that Shelley Kerr’s side have two games in hand.
A win tonight will, naturally, bring Scotland up to six points and then another victory over Cyprus in April will put the Scots on a level footing with Finland.
Scotland head coach Shelley Kerr has made four changes from the side that so emphatically thumped Cyprus in August.
Emma Mitchell and Erin Cuthbert come in alongside Hannah Godfrey and Kirsty Hanson, who are making their international debuts. They step in to the starting XI in place of Kirsty Smith, Jennifer Beattie, Hayley Lauder and Kim Little.
Albania: Rexhepi, Rrahmani, Bajraktari, Maliqi, Bajramaj, Morina, Krasniqi, Doci, Hila, Gjini, Franja.
Substitutes: Raxhimi, Elezaj, Curraj, Begolli, Lufo, Mustafa, Rrotani.
Scotland: Alexander, Mitchell, Corsie, Weir, Crichton, Evans, Ross, Godfrey, Emslie, Hanson, Cuthbert.
Substitutes: Lynn, Fife, McLaughlan, Boyle, Harrison, Arthur, Murray, Grant, Graham, Arnot.
After a disappointing World Cup and reports of a tearful meeting between the players and head coach Shelley Kerr, it wouldn’t be hard to imagine Scotland stumbling through a qualifying campaign just a few months later.
However, like all good teams, Scotland have put the torments of the past behind them and after a superb 8-0 win over Cyprus in their first game. Kerr’s side look like they’re back to their old selves ahead of tonight’s clash with Albania.
After a superb week for Scottish football on the continent, Shelley Kerr’s side travel to Albania to take another step towards qualification for the European Championships in 2021.
You can follow all of tonight’s action right here – just click that “live” button above this message – or if you’re making your dinner or out for an evening jog you can follow along on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW/DAB/online from 17:00 GMT.
If you want to get it up on the TV you can also watch it live on BBC Alba.