Our prediction for this Euro 2020 match:
Stadion Narodowy in Warsaw will host Sunday’s Euro 2020 qualifier between Poland and North Macedonia. Poland recorded a routine 3-0 win over Latvia on Thursday evening to clinch top position in Group G, but head coach Jerzy Brzeczek must warn his men against complacency as second-placed Austria are only three points behind Poland in the standings.
Robert Lewandowski, who scored a hat-trick for the Poles against Latvia, will be the man to watch in the home team. North Macedonia, on the other hand, aim to build on back-to-back wins over Latvia and Slovenia, but beating Poland on the road is easier said than done. Igor Angelovski’s troops face an uphill task in Sunday’s clash against Jerzy Brzeczek’s men and seeing that the Poles are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed.
Highlighted Player (Lukasz Piszczek):
Born on 3rd June 1985, Lukasz Piszczek is one of Poland’s most famous footballers at the moment, having made a name for himself thanks to some impressive performances for Borussia Dortmund. The full-back’s talent was spotted early on by Hertha scouts, and it is important to note that he began his career as a striker, winning the top goalscorer award at the Under-19 Euro in 2004.
Following some excellent displays at said tournament, Piszczek was signed by Hertha, but he would go on to spend next three years on loan at Zaglebie Lubin. After returning to the club, the Polish footballer played on the left wing, but then switched to right-back as Arne Friedrich got injured and has played there ever since.
In May 2010, Piszczek signed for Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer and has since developed into one of world’s leading right-sided defenders, sparking interest from clubs like Real Madrid and Manchester United. The full-back made over 45 appearances for the national team since he was handed his debut in 2007, representing his country at three successive European Championship finals.
Highlighted Team (North Macedonia):
Former Yugoslavian republic North Macedonia became member of both FIFA and UEFA in 1994 and they have been competing on the international stage ever since. The Crveni Risovi rolled over Slovenia (4-1) in their first ever official match and the team recorded their biggest win on November 9, 11996, with the team crushing minnows Liechtenstein 11-1 in Eschen-Mauren.
The North Macedonians have yet to qualify for the finals of a major tournament despite the fact that several high-profile footballers played for the former Yugoslav republic. Goran Pandev is undisputedly the team’s most notable player as he played for the likes of Lazion, Inter, Napoli and Galatasaray during his professional career.
Pandev scored his 28th and 29th goal for North Macedonia in a 3-0 win over Belarus in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. However, Goce Seldloski is the most capped player (100). North Macedonia welcome their rivals at Philip II Arena and they wear red shirts with yellow stripe and red shorts when playing at home ground. The colour of their away kits is white.