Our football match prediction:
Moldova and Georgia, the two former Soviet republics, face each other at Stadionul Zimbru in the 2018 World Cup qualifier. Both teams have been struggling in the qualifiers, but Sunday’s football game could be the turning point for one of the two teams. Moldova have collected only one point from possible 15 in the process, with the team scoring no more than two goals in their World Cup qualifying group. Georgia have been struggling in front of goal as well and that is yet another reason why a low-scoring affair appears on the cards. Under 2.5 goals were scored in each of their last three meetings in all competitions and, taking everything into account, one goal should separate the two teams in the Stadionul Zimbru showdown. Seeing that Georgia’s showings on the road leave a lot to be desired, the hosts are closer to picking up all three points from the match.
Highligted Player (Levan Mchedlidze):
Levan Mchedlidze is a Georgian international who plays for Empoli as a forward. Mchedlidze played for Dila Gori in the 2005/2006 season and in 2007 he moved to Italy. The Georgian attacker signed a contract with Empoli in July, 2007 and he has been playing for the Azzurri ever since. However, it has to be noted that he was sent on loan to Palermo on 30 August, 2008, playing 11 league games for the Rosanero. Mchedlidze has only three caps for Georgia U21, but he played five games for the senior team in Euro 2016 qualifiers. On 3 June, 2016, he made his 27 appearance for Georgia, in a 5-1 loss to Romania in a friendly match. The Empoli striker scored his first ever goal for the Georgian national team in a 2-0 win over Scotland on 17 October, 2007. Mchedlidze open the scoring after 16 minutes, but he was replaced by Kvakhadze in the second half of the match.
Highlighted Team (Moldova):
Seeing that they were a part of Soviet Union until 1991, Moldova played their first game as an independent country on July 2, 1991. The Moldovans were beaten by Georgina in front of home fans in Chisinau, but the following year the team recorded their biggest win on the international stage as they rolled over Pakistan 5-0 in Amman, Jordan. The former Soviet republic have yet to qualify for the finals of the World Cup or the European Championship, but they recorded a couple of thrilling wins in the past. Moldova crushed Montenegro 5-2 in Podgorica in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, but they eventually failed to book their place at the showpiece tournament in Brazil. The Moldovans were producing fine showings under Igor Dobrovolskiy in the 2008 European Championship qualifiers as well and it has to be noted that they hammered Hungary 3-0 at Stadionul Zimbru on November 17, 2007. Russian Premier League star Alexandru Gatcan is considered one of the most famous Moldavian footballers.