Our prediction for this Nations League match:
High-flying Slovenia will be aiming to clinch top position in Group 3 when they take on Kosovo in Ljubljana on Sunday evening. The Zmajceki impressed in October games, and seeing that both Josip Ilicic and Andraz Sporar return to contention, it is no wonder the hosts are seen as hot favourites to win the penultimate group game.
The visitors, on the other hand, welcome Bundesliga ace Milot Rashica back to the squad, but seeing that the Kosovars have been struggling in front of goal in the Nations League this season, we are tempted to put our money on Matjaz Kek’s troops. Zaragoza man Haris Vuckic, who scored a hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Moldova, is pushing for yet another start. When the two teams met in Pristina last month Vuckic scored the winner for Slovenia after 22 minutes. Kosovo attacker Benjamin Kololli is banned for the match.
Highlighted Player (Jasmin Kurtic):
Jasmin Kurtic is a Slovenian player who started his senior career at Bela Krajina. The midfielder scored seven goals in 74 league appearances for the club, but at the end of the 2009/2010 season he moved to Gorica. After playing just 15 matches for the Slovenian outfit in the 2010/2011 campaign he moved to Palermo, where he gained a lot of experience.
Kurtic spent the 2011/2012 season on loan to Varese and he played an important role in the team, making 42 league appearances. In June, 2013 he signed a permanent deal with Sassuolo, but three months later he was sent on loan to Fiorentina. On 25 June, 2015, the Slovenian footballer joined Atalanta.
Jasmin Kurtic has 2 caps for Slovenia U21 and he made his debut for the senior team on 26 May, 2012. He scored a goal from the set piece against Greece back then. His contract with Atalanta expires on 30 June, 2019.
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.