Armenia vs Romania Prediction & Tips
Armenia is in great form and has won its first two World Cup Qualification (CCM) matches – this was the best all-time start to a knockout campaign for the # 99 ranking in the FIFA Rankings. Impressively, Armenia’s 2-0 home win against Iceland (# 46) the previous weekend also extended their unbeaten streak to seven official matches (W5, E2) and they did not concede in the last three games they played.
One way or another there should be goals, as Armenia’s last 0-0 at home in an official match (against Denmark) dates back to September 2015. However, although the host will be very confident about their latest results, the The fact is that he has conceded 5.0 goals per home game against teams ranked within the current Top 40 of the FIFA Rankings during his previous CCM campaign, including a 5-0 loss to Romania (# 37).
Romania will dream of such a result again after losing 1-0 to four-time world champions Germany (# 13) on the final matchday – that result ended their three-match unbeaten streak in the CCM (G2, E1). However, it is encouraging that Romania have not suffered back-to-back defeats in their previous two Knockout seasons, so they should feel safe against a nation they have beaten in their last four meetings with each other – keeping their goal unbeaten every time.
Goals have been a common theme in Romania’s last official away games – all but one of their last nine produced more than 2.5 goals. Furthermore, Mirel Rădoi’s men can be encouraged by the fact that they have won by a margin of three or more goals in their last two official away matches against countries below # 90 in the FIFA Ranking.
Players to watch: Tigran Barseghyan has been involved in the first goal in two of Armenia’s last three home matches (one goal, one assist), but the battle to score first could also involve Romanian George Pușcaș, as he scored the first goal of the match in his last four official international matches in which he saw his rival’s goal.
Highlight: If goalless draws are excluded, Romania’s last nine away games in the CCM context have averaged one penalty goal per game.
Armenia – Romania FREE TIPS
Romania – Win @ 1.90
Both teams to score / YES @ 1.80
Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.90