Belarus take on the visitors Romania in the round 7 match of group stage of UEFA Euro-2024 qualification. The match will be played on Thursday, October 11th at Szusza Ferenc Stadion (Budapest).
Belarus has long been considered an outsider. The White Wings only managed to secure a third-place finish in their group once, during the qualification for Euro 2002. Before and after that, they typically placed fourth at best. In the previous qualification campaign for the 2022 World Cup, they had just one win and seven losses, finishing even lower than Estonia. Last year, they had three draws and losses in the UEFA Nations League. However, in the midst of the current qualification process, a new coach, Carlos Allos, took over. Notably, his predecessor departed after a sensational victory over Kosovo. The Spaniard began his tenure with a goalless draw against Andorra on the road. Belarus then held on for a long time in Israel, conceding a decisive goal only in the third minute of added time.
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Romania has received a unique opportunity to shine. The Tricolors were fortunate with their group draw after finishing fourth in their group in the UEFA Nations League last year. They need to capitalize on this and finally make it back to a major tournament. Romania last competed in the Euro 2016 and narrowly missed qualification for the next tournament. Overall, the team under Mirel Radoi is doing reasonably well, as they haven't lost a match yet. They even finished 2-2 against Switzerland away from home and had draws with Israel. In their two encounters with Kosovo, they accumulated four points. After winning against Andorra and Belarus in March, they currently sit in second place. They don't need to aim for more because it's enough to secure a qualifying position.
Previous matches saw Romania undefeated in all seven games. In fact, they won five times, including both of their most recent matches. The nominal visitors are highly motivated. Let's bet on their ability to win again.
Prediction for the match: Romania to win.