Our prediction for this Nations League match:
Buoyed by a 2-0 win over Cyprus, Kosovo will look to retain top position in Group 2 when they take on Greece at Stadiumi Fadil Vokrri on Sunday. The Kosovars impressed in their opener, with both Berisha and Zhegrova opening their goal-scoring accounts, but, as always, Mallorca attacker Vedad Muriqi will be the man to watch in the home team.
The Greeks, on the other hand, recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Northern Ireland in Belfast, with Anastasios Bakasetas scoring the only goal of the match. Greece are more of a team than Kosovo, but beating Alain Giresse’s men in Pristhina is easier said than done. A close encounter is on the cards, and we believe that punters from all four corners of the world can find value in betting on draw. You should bear in mind that the two sides shared the spoils in each of their last three meetings on the international stage.
Highlighted Player (Milot Rashica):
Milot Rashica is a Kosovo Albanian player who was born on June 28, 1996 in Vucitrn, FR Yugoslavia. Rashica is a product of FC Vushtrria football academy and he continued playing for the Ferki Aliu Stadium outfit at senior level.
Milot Rashica is a winger, but he is used as an attacking midfielder as well and it has to be noted that his preferred foot is right. Nowadays, the Albanian footballer plays for Vitesse in Dutch Eredivisie and he has established himself as a first-team regular at the club.
Milot Rashica made his Vitesse debut on July 30, 2015, coming as a substitute for Serbia international Uros Djurdjevic in a 3-0 defeat to Southampton in the Europa League qualifiers. Speaking of his Eredivisie debut, Rashica played his first match for Vitesse in the Dutch elite division on August 9, 2015 in a 1-1 draw with Willem II. The Vitesse footballer has six caps for Albania U21 team, but he represents Kosovo at senior level.
Highlighted Team (Greece):
Former European champions Greece played their first official match on April 7, 1929, with the team suffering a heavy 4-1 loss to Italy in Athens. The Greeks booked their place at the FIFA World Cup finals in 1994 for the first time ever, but they failed to impress at the showpiece tournament in United States of America.
The Galanolefki were eliminated in the group stages of the 2010 FIFA World Cup as well, but they made it to the knockout stages of the tournament in Brazil four years later. However, the Greeks were more than unfortunate not to book their place in the quarter-finals as they were beaten by Costa Rica on penalties. However, Greece did remarkably well to win the 2004 European Championship and that is considered the national team’s biggest success.
Otto Rehhagel outplayed the likes of France and Czech Republic in the knockout stages to set up a meeting with hosts Portugal in the title game. Thanks to Angelos Charisteas’ goal 12 minutes into the second half Greece won the European Championship.