Slovenia – North Macedonia (24.03.2019)

Without a competitive win in 18 months, Slovenia (FIFA ranking: #63) drew 1-1 away to Israel in their first Euro 2020 qualifier. Subsequently, they play host after four consecutive 1-1 draws, which has seen them alternate between equalising to draw and capitulating the lead.
Relegated from League C of the UEFA Nations League (UNL) after claiming just two home points from a possible nine, Slovenia are now at least harder to beat under the reinstated head coach Matjaž Kek. However, he has managed just one competitive win against Slovenia’s fellow Balkan countries (W1, D3, L3).
Beaten just once in their last six away matches across all FIFA/UEFA competitions, Balkan rivals North Macedonia have won nine of their last 13 competitive matches overall, and ground out two unexpected draws (against Albania and Italy) in the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup (W3, D2, L5).
Though he boasts a record of: W9, D2, L6, as North Macedonia’s head coach, Igor Angelovski will need to overcome adverse odds here. Encouragingly for him and his charges though, North Macedonia have only failed to score in one of their last six competitive awaydays.
Players to watch: Miha Zajc (SLO) may only have four goals from 24 appearances, but he equalised in both legs of Slovenia’s UNL matchup against League C top-seeds Bulgaria.
Leeds cult hero Egzijan Alioski (NMA) has five international goals, and is in top form domestically, with seven club goals this season.
Stat attack: Both teams have scored in all of Slovenia’s last four competitive home games.
Including friendlies, North Macedonia have scored two or more goals in their last eight wins.
These nations have only met in friendly fixtures in their history, with North Macedonia having a record of: W4, L1, in their favour.
Under half (five) of these teams’ combined total of 12 UNL fixtures have produced over 2.5 match goals.