Our football match prediction:
Slovenia will be aiming to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Scotland when they host Malta at Stadion Stozice this weekend. The former Yugoslavian republic aim to regain their spot in top two in Group F and we predict that the hosts will adopt an attack-minded approach in Saturday’s football match. A man to watch in the home team will be Fiorentina star Josip Ilicic, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Slovenia are a real force to be reckoned with at home and they are likely to record a routine win over the out-of-sorts Malta. Pietro Ghedin’s men are on a five-game losing run in their World Cup qualifying group and they have little to play for in Saturday’s clash. Malta have yet to score on the road in the process and, taking everything into account, they are unlikely to spoil Slovenia’s party at Stadion Stozice.
Highlighted 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 (Malta):
Back in 1957 Malta played their first international match. The Falcons faced Austria in their debut on the international stage and they suffered a 3-2 loss to Das Team in front of home fans in Gzira. The Malta Football Association joined FIFA in 1959, while joining UEFA the following year and they have been competing in the qualifiers for the major tournaments since 1962. The Knights of Malta have yet to participate at the finals of the showpiece tournaments, but they often claim major scalps in the qualifying matches. Malta recorded their biggest win (7-1) against Liechtenstein on March 26, 2008, but a win over Hungary in the Euro 2008 qualifiers is considered their biggest achievement. Speaking of friendly games, it has to be noted that Malta did remarkably well to beat star-studded Ukraine in Graz on June 6, 2017, with Zach Muscat scoring the winner for the minnows. In December 1983 the Maltese suffered their heaviest loss as they were crushed by Spain 12-1 in Seville.