Our football match prediction:
After failing to qualify for Euro 2016, Slovenians will give 100% in order to book their place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals. The former Yugoslav republic have been having their ups and downs in the qualifiers for the next year’s tournament in Russia, but a win over Lithuania would see them move one step closer to securing a top-two finish in Group F. The Slovenians are eyeing their third home win in the process and seeing that Lithuania have little to play for in Monday’s football match, we predict that Srecko Katanec’s men will give fans some cheer. The Lithuanians failed to score in previous two away games against England (0-2) and Slovakia (0-4) and they are widely expected to return home empty-handed. A man to watch in the home team will be Chievo Verona midfielder Valter Birsa and he is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition back-line.
Highligted Player (Jasmin Kurtic):
Jasmin Kurtic is a Slovenian player who started his senior career at Bela Krajina. The midfielder scored seven goals in 74 league appearances for the club, but at the end of the 2009/2010 season he moved to Gorica. After playing just 15 matches for the Slovenian outfit in the 2010/2011 campaign he moved to Palermo, where he gained a lot of experience. Kurtic spent the 2011/2012 season on loan to Varese and he played an important role in the team, making 42 league appearances. In June, 2013 he signed a permanent deal with Sassuolo, but three months later he was sent on loan to Fiorentina. On 25 June, 2015, the Slovenian footballer joined Atalanta. Jasmin Kurtic has 2 caps for Slovenia U21 and he made his debut for the senior team on 26 May, 2012. He scored a goal from the set piece against Greece back then. His contract with Atalanta expires on 30 June, 2019.
Highlighted Team (Lithuania):
Lithuania was occupied by Soviet Union in 1940 and 50 years later they regained their independence. The Lithuanian national football team played their first official game on June 24, 1923, with the team suffering a heavy 5-0 loss to Estonia in Kaunas. The former Soviet republic have yet to book their place at the finals of a major tournament, but they were competitive in the UEFA Euro 2004 qualifiers as they managed to play out a draw with Germany on the road. Lithuania managed to beat Scotland in the qualifiers for the 2004 European Championship, but they eventually failed to book their place at the showpiece tournament in Portugal. Marius Stankevicius is considered Lithuania’s most notable footballer as he played for the likes of Lazio, Hannover, Sampdoria, Sevilla and Valencia in the past. LFF Stadium is the home ground of the Lithuania national football team and the venue, who capacity is 5.067, was opened in 2004. Lithuania play their home games on artificial turf.