Our prediction for this Nations League match:
After sharing the spoils with Greece in their Nations League opener, Slovenia will be aiming to record their first win of the process when they host Moldova at their Stadion Stozice. Josip Ilicic remains on the sidelines for the Zmajceki, and, in his absence, a man to watch in the home team will be Sporting CP attacker Andraz Sporar. Slovenia are a real force to be reckoned with at home, and even though the game will be played behind closed doors, we believe that punters can find value in betting on Matjaz Kek’s troops.
The Moldovans, on the other hand, did well to hold Kosovo to a draw in the opening match of their UEFA Nations League campaign. Engin Firat’s men, though, will have a much bigger fish to fry in Sunday’s showdown, and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Slovenia’s party at Stadion Stozice.
Highlighted Player (Miha Zajc):
Born in Sempeter pri Gorici, Slovenia, Miha Zajc started his career in Interblock, recording only five appearances before moving to NK Olimpia on a loan deal. In season 2013/14, the attacking midfielder made 13 appearances in the Slovenian Prva Liga, netting 5 goas in the process.
After yet another loan deal, now with Celje, Miha Zajc moved to NK Olimpia on a permanent deal. The player can perform as an attacking midfielder and as a central midfielder. During his 81 appearances for NK Olimpia, Zajc scored 20 goals and recorded 12 assists, which was good enough for the Empoli officials to sign the 24-year-old for about €1.7 million.
In 2017/18, Zajc helped Empoli win Serie B with 8 goals and 14 assists. Thanks to his good performances, he made his debut for Slovenia national team in March 2016 and has played in 5 games so far, with one goal on his tally.
Highlighted Team (Moldova):
Seeing that they were a part of Soviet Union until 1991, Moldova played their first game as an independent country on July 2, 1991. The Moldovans were beaten by Georgina in front of home fans in Chisinau, but the following year the team recorded their biggest win on the international stage as they rolled over Pakistan 5-0 in Amman, Jordan.
The former Soviet republic have yet to qualify for the finals of the World Cup or the European Championship, but they recorded a couple of thrilling wins in the past. Moldova crushed Montenegro 5-2 in Podgorica in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, but they eventually failed to book their place at the showpiece tournament in Brazil.
The Moldovans were producing fine showings under Igor Dobrovolskiy in the 2008 European Championship qualifiers as well and it has to be noted that they hammered Hungary 3-0 at Stadionul Zimbru on November 17, 2007. Russian Premier League star Alexandru Gatcan is considered one of the most famous Moldavian footballers.