Our prediction for this Nations League match:
Greece play host to Kosovo at Olympic Stadium of Athens “Spiros Louis” on Wednesday evening. The Greeks aim to build on a 2-0 win over Moldova, and seeing that Slovenia are breathing down their neck, this game is of big importance for the home team. Talented attacker Vangelis Pavlidis is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts. The Kosovars, on the other hand, do not seem to be at the top of their game.
Following a 2-1 loss to North Macedonia in the Euro 2021 playoffs, the team suffered a 1-0 loss to Slovenia in their third group game. Since Greece are eager to cement top position in Group 3, anything but a routine home win would be a major surprise. Kosovo key player Milot Rashica remains in the recovery room, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the Greeks.
Highlighted Player (Stefanos Kapino):
Stefanos Kapino is a professional footballer who plays for Greek side Olympiakos as a goalkeeper. He started his senior career at Panathinaikos, Olympiakos’ bitterest rivals and he made 41 league appearances for Oi Prasanoi. Kapino played for Bundesliga side Mainz in the past as well, but he made no more than two league appearances for the German outfit in the 2014/2015 season.
In 2015 he 196-cm-tall shoot-stopper signed a three-year deal with Olympiakos for a fee of €2 million, but he played just three league games for the Thrylos in the 2015/2016 Greek Superleague campaign. Stefanos Kapino, though, won the national championship with Olympiakos in 2016, while clinching the 2014 Greek Cup with the club.
Kapino is a footballer of Albanian descent, but he represents Greece on the international stage. On 15 November, 2011 he made his debut for the Greek national team in a friendly match against Romania. He became the youngest footballer to play for Greece at senior level (17 years and 241 days).
Highlighted Team (Kosovo):
Despite the fact that a number of countries have yet to recognize Kosovo, they have been participating in the World Cup qualifiers September 5, 2016. Kosovo did well to hold Finland to a 1-1 draw in their opener, but they were outclassed by Croatia (0-6) in their second group game.
Albert Bunjaki’s men have slim chances of qualifying for the showpiece tournament in Russia, but, no doubt, they will use qualifying matches to gain a much-needed experience. Kosovo recorded their biggest win over Monaco on April 22, 2006, but they were not a member of FIFA back then. The Kosovo national football team played their first ever international friendly against Haiti in March 2014 and the match ended in a goalless draw.
Kosovo footballers wear blue shirts and black shorts when playing at home, while they play in yellow shirts and yellow shorts when facing their rivals on the road. Albert Bunjaku, who played for the likes of Nurnberg and Kaiserslautern in the past, is the team’s most notable player.