Our prediction for this Euro 2020 match:
Albania play host to Moldova at Elbasan Arena in the Euro 2020 qualifier on Tuesday evening. The Albanians suffered a 1-0 loss to Iceland at the weekend and seeing that they have already dropped six points in the Euro 2020 qualifiers, the game against Moldova is of big importance for them. This has to go down as a must-win situation for Edu Reja’s troops and we are positive that the hosts will leave their hearts on the field.
Moldova footballers, on the other hand, gave fans some cheer at the weekend, with the team recording a hard-fought 1-0 win over Andorra at home ground. The former Soviet republic, though, are not regarded as good travelers and seeing that they conceded eight goals in total in the first two group games against France and Turkey, we are positive that the hosts will pick up all three points from the Elbasan Arena clash.
Highlighted Player (Mergim Mavraj):
Born in Germany to Albanian parents, Mergim Mavraj made two appearances for the Germany Under 21 side before switching his allegiance to Albania and he has since become a key defender for his new national team. The experienced centre back began his professional career at Darmstadt, but his talent was quickly spotted by Bochum scouts and he made a move to the Bundesliga side in 2007.
Four years later, he surprisingly opted to join second division side Greuther Furth, but that proved a good career move as he helped the team secure promotion to the Bundesliga before putting in some solid showings in the Germany’s top flight. But, when his side eventually returned to the second division, he moved to FC Koln, where he has been since the summer of 2014.
Meanwhile, Mavraj quickly established himself as an important player for the Albanian national team, establishing a good partnership with captain Lorik Cana, and helping the team secure their place at the Euro 2016 finals.
Highlighted Team (Moldova):
Seeing that they were a part of Soviet Union until 1991, Moldova played their first game as an independent country on July 2, 1991. The Moldovans were beaten by Georgina in front of home fans in Chisinau, but the following year the team recorded their biggest win on the international stage as they rolled over Pakistan 5-0 in Amman, Jordan.
The former Soviet republic have yet to qualify for the finals of the World Cup or the European Championship, but they recorded a couple of thrilling wins in the past. Moldova crushed Montenegro 5-2 in Podgorica in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, but they eventually failed to book their place at the showpiece tournament in Brazil.
The Moldovans were producing fine showings under Igor Dobrovolskiy in the 2008 European Championship qualifiers as well and it has to be noted that they hammered Hungary 3-0 at Stadionul Zimbru on November 17, 2007. Russian Premier League star Alexandru Gatcan is considered one of the most famous Moldavian footballers.