On Sunday, North Macedonia will host Azerbaijan in Skopje for an international friendly in an effort to turn around a recent slump.
The visitors are on a four-game winning streak, the longest in club history, while the Lynxes have won just two of their last nine competitive games.
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North Macedonia vs Azerbaijan Tips and Prediction
North Macedonia have struggled to score goals lately, having only defeated Gibraltar, the 204th-ranked country in the world, since their thrilling World Cup qualification victory over Italy in March.
Apart from the seven that Blagoja Milevski’s team blasted past Gibraltar, they have only managed two in their subsequent seven games, with the most recent coming on Thursday against Finland via an Enis Bardhi penalty.
North Macedonia’s penultimate friendly before their Euro 2024 qualification campaign begins in March with a game against Malta drew the Scandinavian nation last week, extending their losing streak to four games.
The Lynxes will view the visit of Azerbaijan as an opportunity to end the year in a successful manner as they take on the 123rd-ranked team on Sunday.
However, Gianni De Biasi’s team will be seeking a significant victory as they seek a record-extending fifth straight victory.
After defeating Moldova 2-1 on Wednesday in a friendly match, Milli won three straight games to finish their UEFA Nations League campaign on a high note. By finishing first in their group, they qualified for League B.
Hojjat Haghverdi’s 95th-minute winner helped Azerbaijan defeat 55th-ranked Slovakia, so they won’t be intimidated by their much higher-ranked opponents on Sunday.
With seven goals for Qarabag this season and outstanding scoring form for both club and country, Filip Ozobic, expect to see a confident team challenge the hosts.
Do not be surprised if an upset occurs in this match because the lower-ranked country is in much better shape than expected. Gianni De Biasi’s team hopes to make history.
However, North Macedonia has talented players all throughout their lineup, so they should have enough to earn a point.