Our football match prediction:
Romania and Armenia square off against each other at Arena Nationala in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. The Romanians have been playing below expectations in their qualifying group and, as a result, they have slim chances of booking their place at the next year’s showpiece tournament in Russia. The Tricolorii suffered a 3-1 loss to Poland in their last group game and it has to be noted that they failed to score in three of their previous four matches in the process. The hosts are low on confidence ahead of Friday’s football match against Armenia and, taking everything into account, home win should not be considered. Armenia ace Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been in a thrilling form at the start of the new Premier League campaign and we predict that the Manchester United footballer is going to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Romania did defeat Artur Petrosyan’s men in the reverse fixture, but the 45-year-old coach could not count on several first-team regulars back then.
Highligted Player (Stefan Radu):
Stefan Radu is a Romanian footballer who plays for Serie A team Lazio as a left back. Radu is capable of playing as a centre back and a left midfielder if needed, but his main position is left back. After spending four years at his home-town club Dinamo Bucharest (2004-2008), the Romanian footballer joined Lazio in January 2008 and he has been playing for the Biancocelesti ever since. Stefan Radu make his Lazio debut against Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia clash shortly after joining the capital club. On 17 June, 2011 Radu signed a new five-year deal with Lazio. Speaking of his international career, the former Dinamo Bucharest defender made his Romania debut in 2006. Radu made Romania Euro 2008 squad, but he did not play for the national team at the 2016 European Championship finals in France. The Lazio footballer won two Coppa Italia trophies with the Stadio Olimpico outfit (2008/2009, 2012/2013). Radu was born in Bucharest on 22 October, 1986.
Highlighted Team (Armenia):
Armenia footballers played for Soviet Union national football team until 1991, when the country declared independence. The Football Federation of Armenia was founded the following year and they quickly established relations with both FIFA (1992) and UEFA (1993). Despite the fact that Manchester United ace Henrikh Mkhitaryan plays for the Armenia national football team, the Havakakan have yet to qualify for the finals of a major tournament. Mkhitaryan is undisputedly the team’s most famous footballer, but we should mention former Ajax striker Edgar Manucharyan as well, who is in the twighlight of his career. Armenia played their first international game against Moldova in October, 1992 and it has to be noted that they played out a goalless draw with the former Soviet republic. The Armenians have slim chances of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals, but they did well to beat Montenegro in the process. Armenia footballers wear red shirts and red shorts when playing at home ground (Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium), while the colour of their away kits is white.