Gibraltar host Liechtenstein at the Victoria Stadium this evening looking to build on Saturday’s historic away win against Armenia.
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Both sides, along with Armenia, are on 3 points and a win tonight for either side at the Victoria could see them move clear into second place behind Macedonia, who could win the group tonight if they beat Armenia and Gibraltar and Liechtenstein draw.
The two sides of course met in Vaduz last month, where the hosts that night won 2-0 in a game that was far more balanced than the scoreline suggests. However, it is them who will be needing to bounce back from last weekend, where they lost 4-1 away at Macedonia.
Julio Ribas was sensibly unwilling to give away any team news in yesterday’s press conference, but Reece Styche’s suspension due to accumulated yellow cards means Europa’s Tjay De Barr, himself missing the game vs Armenia due to suspension, takes the place of the Darlington striker in the squad.
As for the visitors, Aron Sele came off after 30 minutes of their defeat on Saturday night and will miss tonight’s game with an ankle injury. Both teams trained yesterday at the Victoria Stadium ahead of the game, which is expected to be a sell-out attendance once again.
Predicted lineup: Chino; Sergeant, R. Chipolina, J. Chipolina, Olivero; Bardon, Pishu, Pons; Walker, L. Casciaro, Cabrera
The betting tonight is easily the tightest it has ever been for a Gibraltar international since joining UEFA, although Liechtenstein remain favourites at 7/5. A draw, which would end both sides slim chances of winning Group 4 of League D, is 2/1 while Gibraltar picking up a second win in as many games is 13/5.
Saturday’s match-winner, Joseph Chipolina, is 11/2 to score in 90 minutes tonight, while for the visitors, Dennis Salanovic, who scored a good solo effort in the reverse fixture, is 9/4 to repeat that in Gibraltar.