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The group F in the European Championship qualification could probably be the most balanced pool at all. Poland and Austria are officially favorites, but both have recently shown weaknesses that could perhaps exploit the competition from Slovenia, Israel and Macedonia. Only Latvia is considered a complete outsider in this group. Of course, after a matchday, the table is not meaningful yet, but at the top are the Poles together with Macedonia, or to be more specific with the Republic of North Macedonia, as its official name is now. Both have won their opening games and can take the next hurdle to the finals this weekend.
That North Macedonia will be present at the EURO 2020, but we consider rather unrealistic. Never could the republic of former Yugoslavia qualify for a big tournament. But if on Sunday in Slovenia succeed a victory, that might already be a milestone. At least you should dream of a European Championship participation until the next international matches in June. However, before the kick-off between Slovenia and Macedonia, lower odds of a home win are offered. If we like, it comes to a brother duel, because even the Slovenes have enjoyed the training of the Yugoslav football school. In the Nations League, both teams have performed differently. Slovenia has relegated to Division D, which has just left Macedonia for Division C. However, the significance this circumstance has for the direct duel on Sunday will have to be revealed first. As a rule, we would rather give a tip to the hosts in the match between Slovenia and Macedonia. But we would not completely rule out that it comes to a surprise on Sunday, because the Slovenes know almost not what a victory feels like. The kick-off for the European Championship qualifier between Slovenia and Macedonia at the Stozice Stadium in Ljubljana will take place on 24.03.2019 at 19:45.
In October 2011, the first commitment of Matjaz Kek as coach of the Slovenian national team, with which he was a coach at the World Cup 2010 in South Africa, ended. The qualification for the Euro 2012 was missed. Nevertheless, the first term was very successful and therefore the Slovenes have again secured the services of the former international. Not least because of this, almost all national players have announced that they will continue to stick to the line. It is very bitter, however, that one of the pillars Kevin Kampl has announced his resignation. His share of the Slovenian game will now have to be distributed over several shoulders. The last results of the Slovenes were not exactly a motivator. For seven games there was no victory. Most recently, they played four times in series 1: 1. Maybe in the duel between Slovenia and Macedonia you could now place a tip on another 1: 1. Apart from the last match in Israel last Thursday, the last matches have nothing to do with the current team.
After 2718 days Matjaz Kek returned to the Slovene Bank. He saw in Israel a very good game of his team, which had an outstanding support in Jan Oblak. In the 48th minute Andraz Sporar gave the Slovenians a 1-0 lead, but less than ten minutes later the Israelis equalized.
Overall, Slovenia was closer to victory than the home side. Therefore, Matjaz Kek was relatively satisfied with his team’s appearance, but also made it clear that this point in Israel was only the beginning and that one must continue to work modestly in order to achieve good results. Perhaps there are some changes in the starting lineup for the Slovenes. If, then, we expect more or other exchanges in the front area, because the back four to Captain Bojan Jokic has left a very good impression in Israel.
If we look at the Macedonian statistics, we are almost impressed, as in the last 14 games the Macedonians conceded only one defeat. Overall, the opponents were usually not off the top shelf, but among other things, they played in Italy 1-1 or could beat the Norwegians at home. Finally, there were again three wins in a row. The reward for the good results is the promotion to Division C of the League of Nations. In addition, the Macedonians have very good prospects of securing a ticket to the European Championship finals via the Nations League playoffs. Everything seems to be possible with the opponents Kosovo, Belarus and Georgia. No wonder then that the euphoria is currently very large and all players like to come to the national team. It would not be presumptuous to conclude a tip on the first EM participation of the Republic of North Macedonia before the match between Slovenia and Macedonia.
Last Thursday, the Macedonians knew how to convince against Latvia in the first qualifier, with Latvia certainly being a big underdog in this group. Early on, Igor Angelovski’s team set the course for victory. Ezgjan Alioski scored the only goal ten minutes before Elif Elmas made it 2-0 after half an hour. It was exciting only in the closing stages, as Darko Velkovski brought the Latvians with an own goal once again. Again Elif Elmas put in injury time but the final score of 3: 1 ago. Now, all of Northern Macedonia hopes that the race in Slovenia will continue. We do not expect much change in the setup, especially as Igor Angelovski sent his best possible staff on the lawn. This does not include Stefan Spirovski, Arijan Ademi and Ivan Trickovski at the moment, because all three have to pass due to injury.
Slovenia vs North Macedonia head to head matches
23.03.16 FI Slovenia North Macedonia 1 : 0
14.11.12 FI North Macedonia Slovenia 3 : 2