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Preview: North Macedonia vs Bulgaria - Prediction, Team News, Lineups

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Sports Mole previews Monday’s Nations League match between North Macedonia and Bulgaria, including predictions, team news and expected line-ups.

north macedonia host Bulgaria in Group 4 of League C UEFA Nations League on monday.

Both teams are battling for second place in the group, with promotion and relegation already decided.

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Macedonia, who missed promotion to League B by two points behind Armenia last season, are again narrowly behind in Europe’s third tier.

Given that they qualified for Euro 2020, the Lynx hoped they could compete before beating Italy later this year to set up a playoff against Portugal and qualify for the World Cup, where they lost 2-0. You may feel like you’ve proven yourself to a higher level.

But those hopes were dashed when the Napoli sensation turned into a 2-0 away loss to Georgia on Friday. Khuvica Kvaratshelia later seal the victory of his country Boyan MiovskyAn own goal in the 34th minute gave the away team a difficult task.

The head coach leads third-placed Bulgaria by one point in League C Group 4 ahead of Monday’s game in Skopje Blagoja Milewski You’ll want his players to do themselves justice, avoid defeat and secure second place.

Bulgaria's Valentin Antov shown a yellow card against Northern Ireland on 31 March 2021© Reuters

After being relegated from League B in the previous campaign, Bulgaria would have been eager to make a quick return to the European second division.

But Friday’s 5–1 win over Gibraltar ensured that five different goalscorers at least avoided the pain of being relegated to the bottom league in the competition, so it was the first win in this version of the Nations League. did.

Former boss of Maccabi Haifa Mladen Krstazich was in charge of his first game since taking office over two months ago. He has to take into account the poor quality of his opponents, but it was certainly a positive start as he had not won seven games in a row before his appointment.

Monday’s match at the Philip II Arena will be a much tougher test of Krstažić’s management and the ability of his players. future.

North Macedonian Nations League Forms:

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team news

Italy's Marco Verratti looks depressed as North Macedonian players celebrate after the match on 24 March 2022© Reuters

Stefan Listowski, Arijan Ademi, Darko Turlinov When Valon Etemi Due to injuries, everyone has been pulled from the Macedonian squad ahead of their trip to Georgia, and the quartet will also not participate on Monday.

Alexander TrakovskyThe 20-goaler at international level could be in attack after only being used off the bench in Friday’s 0-2 loss.

Meanwhile, Bulgaria will make their international debut Ivan Yordanov, Christian Petrov, Mateo Stamatov When Ivan Durgerov at some stage of the match.

But Krsteržić, who played strongly in Friday’s first game against Gibraltar, is looking to make a positive impact early in his term and is unlikely to make too many changes.

Candidates for the North Macedonian starting XI:
Dimitrievsky; Todorsky, Berkovsky, Muslue, Arioski. Askovsky, Baldi, Spilovsky, Elmas.Trazhkovsky Listovsky

Candidates for the Bulgarian starting XI:
Naumov; Hristov, Antov, Nedyakov. Turitsov, Gruev, Krastev, Petkov; Despodov, Stefanov, Kirillov

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North Macedonia 1-1 Bulgaria

Bulgaria head into this clash with momentum after a big win over Gibraltar in Krstazić’s first match on Friday.

However, Macedonia should have enough numbers to avoid defeat and retain second place in League C Group 4.

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