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Romania vs North Macedonia Prediction & Match Preview

 

Romania vs North Macedonia Prediction & Match Preview

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25 March 2021 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET World Cup Qual

Romania play host to North Macedonia at Stadionul Ilie Oana in the World Cup qualifier. 


The Tricolori were anything but impressive in the UEFA Nations League, with the team finishing the process in third position in the standings Romania are eager to return to winning ways, and we are positive that they will adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s clash. 

Experienced attacker Claudiu Keseru, who has netted 14 goals so far this season, will be the man to watch in the home team.

North Macedonia, on the other hand, did well to qualify for the Euro 2021 finals, with the team booking their place at the showpiece tournament for the first time ever. 

Veteran striker Goran Pandev is still part of the team, but seeing that Romania are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that the visitors are going to return to Skopje empty-handed.

Romania vs North Macedonia: Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Romania Macedonia played so far 3 matches.
Romania won 2 direct matches. Macedonia won 1 matches. 0 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.33 goals per Match.

Romania vs North Macedonia Prediction

Romania in actual season average scored 1.68 goals per match. In 10 (66.67%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 6 (40.00%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Macedonia average scored 1.50 goals per match in season 2021. In 10 (83.33%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 3 (25.00%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

North Macedonia manager Igor Angelovski has his most integral players available for the trip to Bucharest this week, as his side met up in Skopje reporting few fresh injury concerns.

Italy-based trio Eljif Elmas, Goran Pandev and Iljia Nestorovski could all start for the visitors, with Stefan Spirovski, of AEK, set to run the engine room.

Dinamo Zagreb pair Stefan Ristovski and Arijan Ademi come into the game on a high from being involved in the Europa League slaying of Tottenham Hotspur, while Real Mallorca forward Aleksandr Trajkovski - yet to score in the Segunda Liga this season - is in contention for a place in the front line.

Following a recent run of games for Parma, 21-year-old Valentin Mihalia has been called up to Romania's senior squad for the first time and may feature from the bench, with his club colleague, tricky winger Dennis Man, more likely to start for Mirel Radoi's hosts.

CFR Cluj captain Camora, previously a Brazil-born journeyman, has featured regularly since earning naturalisation last year and could start on the left flank, but faces stiff competition from Nicosur Bancu.

Striker Denis Alibec was injured in mid-January and, after undergoing surgery last month, has already returned to individual training ahead of schedule, but was not fit enough to rejoin his international teammates. Therefore, Reading's George Puscas and veteran Claudiu Keseru are Radoi's main options up front.

Milan goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu retired from international football at the end of last year after 73 appearances for Romania, so Florin Nita could start in goal.

Romania possible starting lineup:
Nitu; Bancu, Chirches, Tosca, Burca; Maxim, Marin, Stanciu; Man, Puscas, Tanase

North Macedonia possible starting lineup:
Dimitrevski; Ristovski, Musliu, Velkovski, Alioski; Spirovski, Ademi; Trajkovski, Elmas, Nestorovski; Pandev


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