FYR Macedonia vs Gibraltar
UEFA Nations League
Date: Monday, 19 November 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Telekom Arena (Skopje).
FYR Macedonia were marching towards the top spot in the Group 4 with three straight wins at the start of the campaign. However, they fell badly in the second of October’s fixtures, losing 4-0 to Latvia on the road. The Red Lynxes still entered November’s final pair of outings as pace-setters with a three-point cushion on the likes of Armenia and Gibraltar, but they need to confirm the top spot with a victory over Team 54 on Monday evening at Telekom Arena in Skopje.
It should not be the toughest of tasks for Macedonians even though Gibraltar shockingly notched back-to-back wins over Armenia and Liechtenstein a month ago. The team led by the Uruguayan manager Julio Cesar Ribas thus joined the battle for the semi-final in spite of losing opening two fixtures to FYR Macedonia and Liechtenstein.
Macedonia vs Gibraltar: Head-to-head
This will only be the second head to head encounter between the two teams.
The Red Lynxes claimed a comprehensive 0-2 victory in the opening round in September.
Ivan Trichkovski and Egzjan Alioski notched first-half goals to open up the way for a comfortable win for Macedonians at Victoria Stadium.
Macedonia vs Gibraltar: Prediction
The gulf in quality between the two sides is notable and we see the match as a perfect occasion for Macedonians to celebrate their promotion to League C football next term. Additionally, Igor Angelovski’s men would advance into semi-final by topping the group, meaning they would be only two games away from securing a place at a major tournament (EURO) for the first time in history.
With this at stake, we do not doubt the hosts will be highly motivated to clinch a comprehensive victory. They will have their main stars Goran Pandev, Ivan Trichkovski, Ilija Nestorovski and Enis Bardhi all available.
We expect a one-way street from the very get go and we’ll back Macedonians to have a two-goal lead at the half time to get the max value from this affair.
Macedonia vs Gibraltar: Bet Tips
Macedonia -2.5 handicap @ 7/8 (1.87)
Macedonia -1.5 handicap in the first half @ 3/2 (2.50).