Gibraltar U21 will face their biggest test so far in Group 7 as they take on Portugal U21’s at 21:45 in the Complexo Desportivo FC Alverca stadium.
David Ochello will be forced to make a minimum two changes from his side which lost 10-0 to Belarus, back in early June. Michael Negrette wrote on social media that he would miss the game due to work commitments, while his team-mate for both club and country, Shaun De Los Santos was not selected in Ochello’s 19-man squad.
Julian Del Rio’s good form in both the domestic league and Intermediate has earned himself a call-up alongside Evan De Haro who recently signed for Algeciras Juvenil – two players with big futures ahead of them.
The young Portuguese side boasts some of the best young players in the world, playing football with the best teams. One player which the Gibraltar defense will have to keep an eye on is 20-year striker Rafael Leao who signed in the summer for AC Milan for a staggering €30 million.
Unsurprisingly, Portugal are massive favourites, with the best price being 1/100, and some firms even offering 1/1500. Gibraltar are as big as 500/1 to cause one of the biggest upsets in football history, while even a draw, a similarly big upset, is 40/1.
The handicap for this match is set at 6 – unsurprising given Gib’s 10-0 defeat last time out, and in truth, there is little value outside of the handicap when betting on games like these.