Gibraltar will have a second chance at securing an historic promotion in the Nations League tonight when they take on Liechtenstein at the Victoria Stadium.
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Gibraltar go into the game three points clear at the top, courtesy mainly of an excellent away win in Vaduz last month, and know a repeat of that victory would see them top League D Group 2 by a whopping six points. Even a draw would comfortably see them promoted by three points, while defeat would see Liechtenstein snatch the group on either head-to-head, or goal difference if they were to win 1-0.
After Saturday’s goalless draw with San Marino, Julio Ribas has one confirmed and one expected change to be enforced on him – Graeme Torrilla picked up a one-game ban due to yellow cards, while Lee Casciaro had to come off injured and is a major doubt for tonight – Kyle Casciaro and Mohamed Badr are two potential replacements for the pair, while Reece Styche and Adam Priestley will also be hoping for a start after impressing in Serravalle last weekend.
For Liechtenstein, their squad has been hit with covid-related issues in recent weeks, but they had the benefit of a rest this past weekend in the three team group, and will no doubt want to avenge both the 1-0 loss last month, and Gib’s historic 2-1 win vs them in 2018 when George Cabrera and Joseph Chipolina led Ribas side to victory from behind.
One more historic moment could be accomplished tonight – should he play, Liam Walker will become the first Gibraltar player to reach 50 caps in the UEFA era – having impressive only missed two of Gib’s first 51 matches since the 0-0 draw with Slovakia in 2013.
The betting could hardly be any tighter, with the bookies finding it hard to call a clear favourite – Gib are 19/10 for victory, while the draw is an identical price, and a Liechtenstein win is currently 17/10.
If you fancy Gib to repeat their 2018 2-1 success, then it is 11/1, and with Julio Ribas side, along with Wales, the only teams yet to concede in this year’s Nations League, you can back Liechtenstein not to score at 13/8.
FG’s Predicted XI:
Gibraltar – Coleing; Sergeant, Chipolina, Mouelhi, Wiseman, Olivero; K. Casciaro, Badr, Annesley, Walker; De Barr