Our prediction for this match:
Saturday’s football match at A. Le Coq Arena pits together Estonia and Morocco, the two teams, who have different ambitions for the upcoming period. As expected, the Estonians failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals and they are fully focused on EURO 2020 qualifiers at the moment. Coach Martin Reim will use this friendly game to test as many players as possible, but beating Morocco, who will take part at the upcoming showpiece tournament in Russia, is easier said than done. The African side impressed in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and seeing that they have been producing fine performances in friendly games this year, we predict that they are going to beat Estonia at A. Le Coq Arena on Saturday evening. One of the man to watch in the away team will be Ajax rising star Hakim Ziyech, who could play an important role in Herve Renard’s team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Highlighted Player (Ragnar Klavan):
Ragnar Klavan is a defender who started his senior career at Elva. After playing for Tulevik an Flora between 2002 and 2005, the Estonian footballer joined Heracles Almelo on 4 August, 2005. Klavan made his debut for Heracles five days later and he scored his first goal for the club on 31 December, 2005, in a 2-2 draw with Vitesse. In 2009 he was sent on loan to AZ Alkmaar and he signed a permanent deal with the Dutch outfit on 4 February, 2009. He played 12 games for AZ in the 2008/2009 season and it has to be noted that the Cheeseheads won the national championship that season. He played for AZ Alkmaar until 2 July, 2012 when he decided to move to Germany. The Estonian defender signed a two-year deal with Augsburg and he made no less than 125 appearances for the German club between 2012 and 2016. Klavan impressed in the 2015/2016 Bundesliga campaign and, as a result, Liverpool chiefs decided to sign him on 20 July, 2016. He made his Estonia debut on 3 July, 2013 against fellow Baltic side Lithuania.
Highlighted Team (Morocco):
Morocco, the Atlas Lions, are the first African team to win a group at the World Cup finals. Back in 1986 the team managed to finish the group stages above Portugal, Poland and England, but West Germany proved to be a big catch for the Moroccan national team in the last 16 of the tournament. The Atlas Lions participated at the World Cup finals on four occasions, but winning of the 1976 Africa Cup of Nations is considered the team’s biggest success. Morocco were producing outstanding displays at the tournament in Ethiopia and it has to be noted that they defeated Guinea in the title game. Morocco play their home games at Stade Adrar and Stade de Marrakech and they wear red shirts and green shorts when playing in front of home fans. A number of top-class footballers played for Morocco in the past, but Mustapha Hadji is certainly the biggest star who played for the Moroccan national team.