Our football match prediction:
Luxembourg will be aiming to make amends for a heavy 5-0 loss to Netherlands when they welcome Belarus at their Stade Josy Barthel in the 2018 World Cup qualifier. Luc Holtz’s men have yet to record a win in the process and, as a result, they are stuck at the bottom of Group A ahead of Thursday’s football match. Luxembourg have nothing to play for in the upcoming qualifier, but, no doubt, their pride will be at stake this time out. Belarus have slim chances of qualifying for the showpiece tournament in Russia as they are eight points behind the play-offs berth ahead of the trip to Luxembourg. Anyhow, both teams are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s clash and we predict that both sides are going to find the net at Stade Josy Barthel. It has to be noted that the two teams played out a 1-1 draw in Belarus earlier in the process.
Highlighted Player (Egor Filipenko):
Egor Filipenko is a Maccabi Tel Aviv defender who was born in Minsk, Belarus on 10 April, 1988. He began his senior career at BATE Borisov, but his main goal was to join Russian Premier League. His wish came true in 2008 as he signed a contract with Russian giants Spartak Moscow. After playing 16 league games for the capital club, he returned to BATE Borisov in 2011 on loan and he eventually signed a permanent deal with the Belarusian outfit. On 5 January, 2015 Filipenko joined la Liga side Malaga on a two-and-a-half-year deal, but he made no more than eight league appearances with los Boquerones. In the summer of 2016 the Belarusian footballer moved to Israel, signing a contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv. Speaking of his international career, Egor Filipenko made his Belarus debut on 12 September, 2007, coming as a substitute in a 1-0 loss to Slovenia in the Euro 2008 qualifier. His contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv expires on 30 June, 2018.
Highlighted Team (Belarus):
Belarus national football team have been competing on the international stage since 1992. The Belarusians played their first match against Lithuania on July 20, 1992, but the game was not FIFA-recognized. The White Wings faced Ukraine in their first official match, with the team sharing the spoils with the fellow former Soviet republic. Belarus have yet to qualify for a major tournament and they have slim chances of booking their place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The Belarusians recorded their biggest win on September 4, 2014, with the team rolling over Tajikistan 6-1 in Borisov and speaking of their biggest loss, they were hammered by Austria (0-5) on June 11, 2003. Alexander Hleb is the most famous footballer who played for the Belarus national team and it is well known that he spent four seasons at Barcelona. Belarus play their home games at Borisov Arena and they wear white shirts and white shorts when welcoming their rivals. The colour of their away kits is black.