Our football match prediction:
Stadion Pod Goricom will host Monday’s football match between Montenegro and Romania. Montenegro are desperate to qualify for the major tournament for the first time ever, but, as things stand now, the Hrabri sokoli would be more than happy with making it to the play-offs. Group E leaders Poland are widely expected to secure automatic qualification for the 2018 World Cup finals and it remains to be seen who will finish the process in second place in the standings. Montenegro are eager to pick up all three points from Monday’s clash and they are likely to fight tooth and nail against Romania. A win over Ljubisa Tumbakovic’s troops would see the Romanians keep their hopes of booking their place at the showpiece tournament in Russia alive and there is every chance fans will see a real football festival in Podgorica. Taking everything into account, a high-scoring affair appears on the horizon.
Highlighted Player (Nikola Vukcevic):
Nikola Vukcevic is yet another Montenegro footballer who plays for Braga as a midfielder. The 184-cm-tall player was born in Podgorica on 13 December, 1991. Vukcevic began his senior career at his hometown club Buducnost Podgorica and he was part of the team from 2010 to 2013. The Montenegro footballer scored four goals in 65 league appearances for the club. In 2013 he joined Braga as a free player and he initially played for the reserve team. After making 31 appearances for Braga B he made his debut for the first team against Vitoria, coming from the bench in the stoppage time. Speaking of his international career, Nikola Vukcevic made his Montenegro debut against Ghana on 5 March, 2014 in a friendly game. The Hrabri sokoli defeated the Black Stars back then. His main position is defensive midfielder, but he plays as a central midfielder and as attacking midfielder as well. Nikola’s contract with Braga expires on 30 June, 2020.
Highlighted Team (Romania):
Romania were one of just four European sides to take part at the first ever World Cup in 1930, and the team have since achieved respectable results on the international stage, albeit failing to challenge for major trophies. Led by arguably their best ever footballer Gheorghe Hagi, the Tricolorii narrowly missed out on the semi-finals at the 1994 World Cup in the United States, losing to Sweden on penalties. Romania made a total of seven appearances at the World Cup finals, while qualifying for five European Championship tournaments. The Tricolorii went the farthest in 2000, when they were eliminated by Italy in the quarter-finals. Tied at the top of the goalscoring charts, Gheorghe Hagi and Adrian Mutu are the only two Romanian footballers to have gained worldwide recognition, but Dorinel Munteanu, Dan Petrescu, Gheorghe Popescu and Viorel Moldovan are also worth mention. Romania play their home games at the Arena National in Bucarest.