Selector Matjaž Kek prepares a change in the middle of the pitch: who will start from the first minute? Jasmin Kurtić or Jon Gorenc Stanković?
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Slovenia is counting down to tonight’s spectacle in Stožice, hosted by Kazakhstan. Last match of qualifying group H will decide who will qualify for the Euro 2024. Both Slovenia and Kazakhstan have a chance: a draw is enough for Slovenia, but Kazakhstan must win. Matjaž Kek has no major personnel problems ahead of the showdown, although it is true that some of the players are feeling a bit under the weather after the game in Copenhagen. Even to the extent that they probably won’t be able to start the match.
There should not be many changes, but the biggest should be in the link line. According to well-informed sources close to the national team, Timi Max Elšnik will have to be benched first of all this time due to his long-standing problems. This, of course, raises a key question: who will play in place of the Olimpija captain?
There are two main candidates. One of them is the experienced Jasmin Kurtić, who has already played 88 games in the national crest. His experience could be invaluable in such a match, and it’s not worth mentioning how combative Jasmin Kurtic is every time he gets the chance. Jasmin Kurtić can also “kick the ankle” when needed, and in a match like this, that could come in handy.
Delo, meanwhile, has put Jon Gorenc Stanković in the starting eleven instead of Elšnik, who has less national team experience, but at the same time has been one of the best individuals in the Austrian top-flight club Sturm for some time.
Let’s add that Petar Stojanović and Andraž Šporar, who didn’t play in Copenhagen, are also expected to return to the starting eleven, where Benjamin Verbič and Žan Vipotnik were preferred.
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