Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Romania will be aiming to make amends for a 2-1 loss to Germany when they take on Armenia in Bucharest on Monday evening. The Tricolori are two points behind top two, meaning that they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach this time out. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Rangers winger Ianis Hagi, who found the net in the defeat to Germany.
The Armenians made a flying start to their 2022 WC qualifying campaign, but they are on a four-game winless run in Group J ahead of the trip to Bucharest. Since Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Co. had no more than one shot on target in the 1-1 draw with Iceland, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Romanians. Armenia defeated Romania 3-2 earlier in the process, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Stefan Radu):
Stefan Radu is a Romanian footballer who plays for Serie A team Lazio as a left back. Radu is capable of playing as a centre back and a left midfielder if needed, but his main position is left back.
After spending four years at his home-town club Dinamo Bucharest (2004-2008), the Romanian footballer joined Lazio in January 2008 and he has been playing for the Biancocelesti ever since. Stefan Radu make his Lazio debut against Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia clash shortly after joining the capital club. On 17 June, 2011 Radu signed a new five-year deal with Lazio.
Speaking of his international career, the former Dinamo Bucharest defender made his Romania debut in 2006. Radu made Romania Euro 2008 squad, but he did not play for the national team at the 2016 European Championship finals in France. The Lazio footballer won two Coppa Italia trophies with the Stadio Olimpico outfit (2008/2009, 2012/2013). Radu was born in Bucharest on 22 October, 1986.
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.