Our prediction for this Euro 2024 match:
Romania will look to keep their 100% record in Euro 2024 qualifiers intact when they take on Kosovo in a highly-anticipated showdown. The Tricolores proved their worth in back-to-back wins over Andorra (2-0) and Belarus (2-1), but Friday’s game will be anything but a walk in the park for the away team. The good news for the visitors is that midfielder Tudor Baluta has recovered from the injury he suffered in the second group game.
The Kosovars, on the other hand, failed to impress in a 1-1 draw with Andorra, which is probably the main reason why home win should not be considered. Lille forward Edon Zhegrova is pushing for a recall to the starting XI after scoring as a substitute against Andorra, while the opposition back-line should have experienced forward Vedad Muriqi at bay. Anyhow, we are tempted to put our money on Romania, who have been in a much better form of late than Kosovo.
Highlighted Player (Milot Rashica):
Milot Rashica is a Kosovo Albanian player who was born on June 28, 1996 in Vucitrn, FR Yugoslavia. Rashica is a product of FC Vushtrria football academy and he continued playing for the Ferki Aliu Stadium outfit at senior level.
Milot Rashica is a winger, but he is used as an attacking midfielder as well and it has to be noted that his preferred foot is right. Nowadays, the Albanian footballer plays for Vitesse in Dutch Eredivisie and he has established himself as a first-team regular at the club.
Milot Rashica made his Vitesse debut on July 30, 2015, coming as a substitute for Serbia international Uros Djurdjevic in a 3-0 defeat to Southampton in the Europa League qualifiers. Speaking of his Eredivisie debut, Rashica played his first match for Vitesse in the Dutch elite division on August 9, 2015 in a 1-1 draw with Willem II. The Vitesse footballer has six caps for Albania U21 team, but he represents Kosovo at senior level.
Highlighted Team (Romania):
Romania were one of just four European sides to take part at the first ever World Cup in 1930, and the team have since achieved respectable results on the international stage, albeit failing to challenge for major trophies.
Led by arguably their best ever footballer Gheorghe Hagi, the Tricolorii narrowly missed out on the semi-finals at the 1994 World Cup in the United States, losing to Sweden on penalties. Romania made a total of seven appearances at the World Cup finals, while qualifying for five European Championship tournaments. The Tricolorii went the farthest in 2000, when they were eliminated by Italy in the quarter-finals.
Tied at the top of the goalscoring charts, Gheorghe Hagi and Adrian Mutu are the only two Romanian footballers to have gained worldwide recognition, but Dorinel Munteanu, Dan Petrescu, Gheorghe Popescu and Viorel Moldovan are also worth mention. Romania play their home games at the Arena National in Bucarest.