Our prediction for this Nations League match:
There will be fireworks when Georgia and Armenia, the two former Soviet republics, face each other at Batumi Stadium on Sunday. The Georgians are undefeated in the UEFA Nations League this season, but the game against Armenia will be anything but a walk in the park for the home side. Keep in mind that both Murtaz Daushvili and Giorgi Kvilitaia are banned for the match.
The Armenians, on the other hand, head into the match following a 1-1 draw with Estonia where they had no more than two attempts on target. Midfielder Wbeymar is suspended for the game, and, as always, a man to keep an eye on in the away team will be former Premier League ace Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Since both sides are eager to climb to top position in the standings, we are tempted to put our money on both teams to score.
Highlighted Player (Giorgi Makaridze):
Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, on March 31, 1990, Giorgi Makaridze is a goalkeeper who plays for Vitoria Setubal in Primeira Liga. After starting his youth career at Dinamo Tbilisi, Giorgi Makaridze made nine appearances for Dinamo Tbilisi reserve team from 2006 to 2008. In 2009 the Georgian shot-stopper moved to Le Mans, signing a four-year contract with the French outfit for a fee of €85,000.
Giorgi Makaridze played for the likes of Doxa Katokopia, Feirense, Moreirense, and Rio Ave as well before joining Vitoria Setubal in 2019. The Georgian goalkeeper made his Primeira Liga debut on February 23, 2019, in a 1-1 draw with Vitoria Guimaraes.
The experienced shot-stopper managed to keep four clean sheets in 11 appearances for Vitoria Setubal in the 2018/2019 Primeira Liga season. Giorgi Makaridze has six caps for the Georgia U21 team, and nowadays, he represents Georgia at the senior level. The Vitoria Setubal goalkeeper wears the number 90 jersey.
Highlighted Team (Armenia):
Armenia footballers played for Soviet Union national football team until 1991, when the country declared independence. The Football Federation of Armenia was founded the following year and they quickly established relations with both FIFA (1992) and UEFA (1993).
Despite the fact that Manchester United ace Henrikh Mkhitaryan plays for the Armenia national football team, the Havakakan have yet to qualify for the finals of a major tournament. Mkhitaryan is undisputedly the team’s most famous footballer, but we should mention former Ajax striker Edgar Manucharyan as well, who is in the twighlight of his career. Armenia played their first international game against Moldova in October, 1992 and it has to be noted that they played out a goalless draw with the former Soviet republic.
The Armenians have slim chances of qualifying for the FIFA World cup 2018 finals, but they did well to beat Montenegro in the process. Armenia footballers wear red shirts and red shorts when playing at home ground (Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium), while the colour of their away kits is white.