Armenia vs Romania by Luke
Armenia started their qualifying path last month with a narrow 1:0 defeat away from home against Denmark, in a match where they were forced to play in quite a defensive approach without showing much in offense. Danish were the ones who dominated the game from the start of it, taking the lead in 17th minute with a goal from Eriksen and missing quite big number of chances later on, including a penalty missed in the second halftime.
Overall, it was a poor performance from Armenia in offense, but at the same time their defensive lineup looked quite solid. Anyhow, they know that their real chance comes with playing in front of own fans and no doubt that they'll give everything now in order to walk away with a positive result against Romania. Still, the team didn't win in last six official matches at home, having 0-3-3 record and another defeat would bring yet another disappointment for them.
Defender Hovhannes Hambardzumyan (15/1, Vardar), midfielders Gevorg Ghazaryan (51/9, Maritimo), Karlen Mkrtchyan (46/2, Anzhi) and few more important players won't be part of the team.
Romania, on the other side, comes from quite negative result in the first round, as they welcomed Montenegro and were able only to obtain one with following a 1:1 draw. It was quite a defensive game with neither of teams risking a lot and the game got more interesting only in last phase of it. Popa brought the hosts into the lead in 85th minute, while Jovetic replied back just two minutes later, with the Romanian side missing a penalty kick in seventh minute of additional time.
It needs to be said that Romanians were slightly better, but without making real goal scoring chances, something that troubles their national team for a lot of months now. Apart from that game, the team didn't win in last four, being excluded in the group stage at EURO with defeats to France and Albania and a point taken against Switzerland. Defender Vlad Chiriches (43/0, Napoli), full back Razvat Rat (113/2, Rayo Vallecano), midfielders Gabriel Torje (54/11, Terek) and Mihai Pintilii (33/1, Steaua) will not be playing this time.
Neither of the teams are in their best form, with the Romanians surely having more of individual quality, but with obvious problems making goal scoring chances. I see Armenia actually being able to get a point here in case of a very low score game, they have home advantage and solid number of players who should be able to give a positive performance here. Romania isn't looking very promising at the moment and it's really hard to see any of these teams scoring more than once, if at all.