Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Preview: Montenegro vs Romania – Prediction, Team News, Lineup

Sports Mole previews Saturday’s Nations League clash between Montenegro and Romania, including predictions, team news and potential lineups.

after his promotion UEFA Nations Leaguesecond level of montenegro welcome to the neighbors Romania The teams head to Podgorica on Saturday evening, for the inaugural League B Group G fixture.

Only an independent football nation for 15 years, the hosts have moved up the ranks in Europe’s latest international competition but, like their visitors, failed to qualify for this winter’s World Cup.


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Milutin Osmajic of Montenegro celebrates scoring his first goal with teammates on March 28, 2022© Reuters

A packed summer schedule kicks off at the modest Podgorica City stadium this weekend, as Montenegro begins life in League B – where they will clash with Finland, Bosnia and Saturday’s opponents Romania – the third tier of the Nations League in 2020. After being promoted from

Europe has come a long way from the woods for one of the most recent additions to the international scene, as their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign ended without a single win – and only three goals in eight matches; Accepting 22 – After a tremendous Nations League debut in 2018-19.

After finishing top of League C Group 1 for the last time – ahead of Luxembourg, Azerbaijan and Cyprus – Montenegrins also outperformed in their efforts to reach Qatar 2022, although they still came up short in their pursuit of the first World Cup. . ,

The side, managed by well-travelled coaches, finished fourth in the competitive group featuring Turkey, Norway and the Netherlands. Miodrag Radulovic They were well placed to struggle for a playoff spot coming into the end of the campaign, but taking only one point from three games against their more established rivals ultimately ended any hope.

A distant defeat to Armenia was followed by a win over Greece in their springtime friendly, but the valiant Falcons now turned their ideas to their opening quartet of fixtures in the League of Nations.

Romania players celebrate their first goal on July 22, 2021© Reuters

Also gearing up for a busy June schedule, with four games completed in the span of 10 days, Romania returned to competitive action after a disappointing draw and defeat from their most recent friendly outing.

Hosted by Israel in Netanya and beaten by Greece in Bucharest, Tirlori have won only two of their last seven matches, having previously finished third in World Cup qualifying Group J ahead of Germany and North Macedonia.

Despite ending the campaign with a 2–0 win over Liechtenstein, it cost the former manager a miss after a playoff berth. mirel radoi His job, and current coach edward iordanescu Later stepped in infringement.

Following in the glorious footsteps of his father, engel iordanescuWho led Romania to the quarter-finals of the United States 1994, Iordanescu Jr. will aim to improve upon his predecessor’s performance in the Nations League – and a quick start in the next fortnight could make all the difference.

After being promoted from League C at the end of the inaugural competition, finishing third in the 2020 edition, the Romanians were unable to make much of an impact at the League B level.

After qualifying for three consecutive World Cups in the 1990s, it has been a story of steady decline for a proud football nation, but Iordanescu’s team will be intent on reversing that trend in the coming months.

Montenegro Form (all competitions):

Romania Form (all competitions):


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Montenegro coach Miodrag Radulovic during a match on March 28, 2022© Reuters

Montenegro coach Miodrag Radulovic is likely to opt for experience at the start of the new Nations League campaign, despite calling several new faces to his initial 34-man squad, and will include a number of familiar players.

Star Striker and Captain steven jovetic (63 caps, 31 goals) should lead the line-up this weekend, while Lazio full-backs Adam Marusic Also expected to be in the starting XI risto radunovicJoe plays his club football with FCSB in Romania.

seventy five cap forward Fatos Besiraji Likely to be included from the bench, but another old hand, Atletico Madrid’s Stephen SavickMissed after an injury-interrupted season in the Spanish capital.

while Romania’s Iannis Hagio He has been sidelined once again after suffering a serious knee injury while on home duty with Rangers and Parma winger earlier this year Dennis Mann Unavailable, visitors reach Podgorica in full force otherwise.

George PuskasWhose loan spell in Pisa culminated in a recent Serie B playoff final failure, is likely to face a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Edvard Iordanescu in charge for his first two games. had chosen.

Another Italy-based squad member, Vlad Chirichescaptains the team from centre-back, while Cagliari Razwan Marin – recently relegated from Serie A with the Sardinian side – is set to start in midfield.

Montenegro Possible Starting Lineup:
Mijatovic; Vesovic, Tomasevi, Vujacic, Radunovic; Marusic, Vukevi, Haxbanovic, Osmajic; Jankovic; jovetic

Romania Possible Starting Lineup:
Nita; Mane, Chiriches, Ras, Banku; R Marin, Olaru; Mihaila, Sikaldou, Maxim; Pushkas


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We say: Montenegro 1-1 Romania

After losing just one of their last four at home, it won’t be easy for Montenegro to break through on Saturday – especially for a team from Romania that isn’t always in the final third.

As both teams return in the middle of the week, starting with one point each would represent an acceptable result for either country, and a low-scoring draw could be on the cards.

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