If the weather allows, on Wednesday the Macedonian top flight will continue after the winter break. Two big derbies right at the start of the second half-season: the Pelagonian derby and the title derby between Shkendija and Vardar.
Heavy rain hit parts of Macedonia including the capital city, while snow covered other parts. Two games in Skopje are under question, same goes for the derby scheduled in Tetovo. An official decision for a possible delay or rescheduling will be brought before the kick-off at 14.00 CET.
Gradski stadium in Tetovo
Shkendija vs. Vardar
Referee: Marjan Eckoski (Ohrid)
Right at the start we will watch the derby for the title. Shkendija has an 8 point advantage over holders Vardar and the visitors are under an imperative of a win. Surely it will be very interesting as both teams made some changes this transfer window, but probably most interesting will be to see central defender Visar Musliu competing against his former teammates. Snow hit Tetovo a day before the big game, but so far Shkendija informs that they will have the stadium ready. It is interesting to note that the last game that ended goalless was back in 2004!
Kukush stadium in Turnovo
Pobeda vs Pelister
Referee: Jovan Kachevski (Struga)
The Derby of Pelagonia will be played outside of the Pelagonia region. The home stadium of Pobeda still can’t host matches, so they were forced to look for other ground and decided to face Pelister at the Kukush stadium, home of now inactive club Horizont from Turnovo. Both teams made huge squad changes, so it is hard to pick a favorite of predict the outcome. Check our winter transfers round up article to see their departures and arrivals.
Boris Trajkovski stadium in Skopje
Shkupi vs. Akademija Pandev
Referee: Dejan Jakimovski (Skopje)
It is not a derby, but the clash between these two promises an interesting game. Shkupi starts the second half-season with big ambitions. They have made significant reinforcements thanks to the new sponsor, while first league debutantes Akademija Pandev already proved that they should be taken very seriously. A problems for the Academy will be the absence of midfielder Ljupcho Doriev who is injured. Both fight for an Europa League qualifications place. This in the second game that will be played on neutral ground as the field of Shkupi’s Chair stadium is in bad condition.
National Arena Philip II of Macedon in Skopje
Rabotnichki vs Renova
Referee: Dimitar Mechkarovski (Skopje)
The clashes between Rabotnichki and Renova have always been unpredictable. Any result is always an option and that stands for this game as well. Both reinforced each past of the team, so if not a draw than probably will win the one that has better incorporated the newcomers.
Sileks stadium in Kratovo
Sileks vs. Skopje
Referee: Marjan Markoski (Ohrid)
Third-placed season surprise Sileks welcomes dead last Skopje. The host almost did not change anything this winter, while Skopje brought in several new players including some suspicious foreigners. With only 1 win and 8 goals scored, we doubt that Skopje stands a chance in Kratovo.