Our football match prediction:
Despite being regarded as big underdogs in Thursday’s football match against Greece, Estonia did remarkably well to hold Michael Skibbe’s men to a goalless draw at Stadio Georgios Karaiskaki. The Estonians, though, have slim chances of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals as they are eight points behind top two in Group H. Anyhow, their pride will be at stake in Sunday’s football match against Cyprus and we predict that they are going to leave their hearts on the field. The Cypriotes came from behind to beat Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday evening and, no doubt, they are brimming with confidence ahead of the trip to Tallinn. Anyhow, the two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment and we predict that they are going to share the spoils at A. Le Coq Arena. When the two teams met in Nicosia earlier in the process they played out a goalless draw.
Highligted Player (Ragnar Klavan):
Ragnar Klavan is a defender who started his senior career at Elva. After playing for Tulevik an Flora between 2002 and 2005, the Estonian footballer joined Heracles Almelo on 4 August, 2005. Klavan made his debut for Heracles five days later and he scored his first goal for the club on 31 December, 2005, in a 2-2 draw with Vitesse. In 2009 he was sent on loan to AZ Alkmaar and he signed a permanent deal with the Dutch outfit on 4 February, 2009. He played 12 games for AZ in the 2008/2009 season and it has to be noted that the Cheeseheads won the national championship that season. He played for AZ Alkmaar until 2 July, 2012 when he decided to move to Germany. The Estonian defender signed a two-year deal with Augsburg and he made no less than 125 appearances for the German club between 2012 and 2016. Klavan impressed in the 2015/2016 Bundesliga campaign and, as a result, Liverpool chiefs decided to sign him on 20 July, 2016. He made his Estonia debut on 3 July, 2013 against fellow Baltic side Lithuania.
Highlighted Team (Cyprus):
Cyprus’ first match took place back in July, 1949, only one year after they became a member of FIFA. The Cypriotes played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Maccabi Tel-Aviv and seven days later they played their first international game. Cyprus suffered a 3-1 loss to Israel in Tel Aviv back then and in November, 1960 they had their first official match as an independent country. The Cyprus national football team shared the spoils with Israel in the 1962 World Cup qualifier and three years later they recorded their first international win (3-1 over Greece). Cyprus suffered their biggest loss on May 21, 1969, with the team losing to West Germany 12-0 and in 2000 they hammered Andorra 5-0 which is considered the team’s biggest win. The Cypriotes have yet to qualify for the finals of the FIFA World Cup or the European Championship, but their victory over Bosnia in Zenica in the Euro 2016 qualifiers will be remembered. GSP Stadium in Nicosia is considered the national team’s home ground.