Our football match prediction:
After suffering a 2-0 loss to Iceland in Reykjavik Ukraine need to pick up all three points from Friday’s football game against Kosovo if they are to keep their hopes of booking their place in the play-offs alive. The Ukrainians are likely to fight tooth and nail against Kosovo and all eyes will be on Borussia Dortmund ace Andriy Yarmolenko when the two teams face each other at Stadiumi Loro Borici. The Kosovars kicked off their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign with a 1-1 draw against Finland, but they are on a seven-game losing run in Group I ahead of the visit of Ukraine and, taking everything into account, we predict that the visitors will emerge triumphant in Friday’s clash. It has to be noted that Kosovo failed to score in previous two games in the process and that is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on Andriy Shevchenko’s men.
Highlighted Player (Milot Rashica):
Milot Rashica is a Kosovo Albanian player who was born on June 28, 1996 in Vucitrn, FR Yugoslavia. Rashica is a product of FC Vushtrria football academy and he continued playing for the Ferki Aliu Stadium outfit at senior level. Milot Rashica is a winger, but he is used as an attacking midfielder as well and it has to be noted that his preferred foot is right. Nowadays, the Albanian footballer plays for Vitesse in Dutch Eredivisie and he has established himself as a first-team regular at the club. Milot Rashica made his Vitesse debut on July 30, 2015, coming as a substitute for Serbia international Uros Djurdjevic in a 3-0 defeat to Southampton in the Europa League qualifiers. Speaking of his Eredivisie debut, Rashica played his first match for Vitesse in the Dutch elite division on August 9, 2015 in a 1-1 draw with Willem II. The Vitesse footballer has six caps for Albania U21 team, but he represents Kosovo at senior level.
Highlighted Team (Ukraine):
After the country had gained independence from the Soviet Union, Ukraine played their first international match in 1992, and they have come a long way since. Zbirna have only once played at the World Cup finals so far, and they did really well to reach the quarter-finals in 2006, while they co-hosted the Euro 2012 with Poland, albeit failing to get past the group stage. The generation that secured qualification for the Euro 2016 finals in France is arguably the most talented ever, with Yevhen Konoplyanka, Andriy Yarmolenko, Ruslan Rotan and Roman Zozulya the leading players, but plenty more talent present in Mikhail Fomenko’s squad. Similar to the trademark style of former Soviet teams, Ukraine bases their tactics on rock-solid defence and swift counter-attacks, but it has to be noted that Zbirna possess a lot more technical skills and attacking potential than most other former Russian republics. Everything suggests that the most successful period in the history of the national team is ahead of them.