North Macedonia welcome the visitors Latvia in the Euro Qualification – Round 1. The match will be held on Thursday, March, 21st, at the Philip II Arena (Skopje).
In light of political issues, the Macedonia national team are now known as the North Macedonia national team (a kind of Northern Ireland stuff). The outfit did not change though – there are same footballers there who feature quite a high performance. The teams like Leeds United, Levante, Rayo Vallecano, Palermo, Fenerbahce, Genoa, and Sporting would not have taken bad players onboard; besides, the hosts’ performers do fare well there.
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The Latvia national team cannot boast such footballers – they compete in Poland, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, and domestically, in the league that cannot be labeled solid at all. In the last 20 matches, the visitors attained 2 wins – over Estonia and Andorra, an impressive record indeed…
Igor Angelovski’s men won 5 latest home clashes in a row. Their present group is rather level in terms of contenders – apart from the visitors, Macedonia will face Slovenia, Israel, Austria, and Poland, so, they have some prospect of qualifying, given that they win Latvia at least. The hosts will most likely manage to register a victory tomorrow, but we’d better play safe and predict a draw as well – it sometimes happens that a ball won’t go to the net, besides, Latvia drawed in the last 2 matches. That said, no entertaining encounter should be expected. Macedonia will focus on a win, rather than on a great effectiveness, and they don’t tend to produce goal-fests, in fact. 10 of their last 15 clashes saw under 2.5 goals. Whenever Macedonia registered overscoring results, those were either thumpings over Lichtenstein or Gibraltar, or hammerings at the hands of Spain or Italy. Latvia are not Spain, but they are somewhat stronger than Gibraltar. 1 or 2 goals must be decisive in the match concerned, and, most probably, they will be made by the hosts.
Prediction for the match: North Macedonia to win or Draw & Under 2.5 goals.