Our football match prediction:
Given the political tensions between Macedonia and Albania, there will be fireworks when the two teams face each other at Stadion Mladost in Strumica. Both Macedonia and Albania have slim chances of booking their places at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals, but we predict that both teams are going to leave their hearts on the field. Albania recorded a 2-1 win over Macedonia in Shkoder earlier in the process and, no doubt, Igor Angelovski’s men are hungry for revenge. The Macedonians, produced a fine display in a 2-1 loss to Spain at Phili II Arena in Skopje in June, but seeing that they suffered a loss in each of their previous three home games in the WC qualifiers, we are not tempted to put our money on the hosts this time out. A close encounter appears on the horizon and we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils at Stadion Mladost.
Highlighted Player (Aleksandar Trajkovski):
Aleksandar Trajkovski is a Macedonian international who played for Cementarnica 55 during his youth career. He made 11 league appearances for the club at senior level as well and in 2010 he moved to Croatian team Inter Zapresic. The attacking midfielder failed to prove his worth in the 2010/2011 season and, as a result, he was sold to Zulte Waregem in the summer of 2011. He played an important role in the Belgian team from 2011 to 2015 as he scored 11 goals in 83 league appearances for the club. It has to be noted, though, that Trajkovski spend the 2013/2014 season on loan at Mechelen. In 2015 he was named Macedonian Footballer of the Year and the same year he signed a contract with Italian side Palermo. Speaking of his international career, Aleksandar Trajkovski has 15 caps for Macedonia U21 and he made his debut for the senior team on 10 August, 2011 in a friendly against Azerbaijan.
Highlighted Team (Albania):
The Albanian national football team has represented the country on international stage since 1946, and it is interesting to note that Albania was one of the founding members of UEFA back in 1954. The Eagles have enjoyed very little success in the 20th century, but they managed to show some improvement at the turn of the century and eventually secured their first ever appearance at a major tournament. Albania qualified for the Euro 2016 finals as they came second in their qualifying group behind Portugal, taking 14 points from 8 matches, with Italian coach Gianni De Biasi at the helm. The Eagles have never qualified for the World Cup finals in 11 attempts, winning mere 14 of 94 World Cup qualifiers. Former Lazio defender Lorik Cana has worn the captain’s armband over the last few years and he is Albania’s most capped player, while former Chievo forward Erjon Bogdani still holds the record for most goals for the national team, with 18 strikes in 74 appearances.