Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Liechtenstein and Armenia face each other at Rheinpark Stadion in the 2022 World Cup qualifier on Thursday evening. Liechtenstein aim to put an end to their four-game winless run in all competitions, but they will have a big fish to fry against Armenia. Martin Buchel’s troops failed to find the net in three of the previous four games, and it is no wonder the bookies see them as underdogs in the opening match of their World Cup qualifying campaign.
Armenia aim to build on back-to-back wins over Georgia and North Macedonia, and even though Roma ace Henrikh Mkhitaryan is sidelined through injury, we are tempted to put our money on the visiting team. When the two teams met in the Euro 2020 qualifiers Armenia defeated Liechtenstein in Yerevan, with the two sides sharing the spoils at Rheinpark Stadion in Vaduz.
Highlighted Player (David Arshakyan):
David Arshakyan is a Russian footballer who currently plays for Chicago Fire as a striker. Arshakyan was born on August 16, 1994 and he played for local club Smena St. Petersburg during his youth career. On the other hand, he started his professional career with Armenian club FC Mika, but he made no more than three appearances for the Mika Stadium outfit.
The Russian footballer then joined Lithuanian side FK Trakai and he scored 36 goals in 57 appearances for the club in two seasons. On July 28, 2016 he produced probably the best performance of his career as he scored a hat-trick in a victory over FK Utenis Utena. Six days later it was announced that he would join MLS side Chicago Fire on a two-year deal.
Arshakyan made his debut for the club on August 27, 2016, coming as a substitute after 56 minutes. Speaking of his international career, the Chicago Fire attacker debuted for Armenian national team on September 4, 2016 against Denmark.
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.