Gibraltar wrap up their current international break when they welcome the Netherlands to the Victoria Stadium tonight.
After Saturday’s 4-1 defeat to Montenegro, where Julio Ribas made 10 changes and utilised the strength in depth in the Gibraltar squad, the side is expected to return to closer to the eleven that started last week’s 3-0 defeat to Norway. One notable absentee appears to be Jayce Olivero, with the Europa left-back not in the official squad list supplied to the press by UEFA, but Graeme Torrilla does return to the squad after missing the first two games. Bruno’s Magpies striker Kelvin Morgan, who spoke to the press yesterday at the press conference, as well as Lions loanee Didi Peacock are both in the squad and may make their debut this evening.
Netherlands manager Frank de Boer was confident in the press conference, speaking about how his side had to score at least five at the Victoria Stadium tonight – off the back of a 4-2 defeat to Turkey, and a 2-0 victory over Latvia, the Dutch see their goal difference currently stand at 0, and with goal difference the first separator of teams on level points, they know they will need to score a few tonight to keep up with Turkey and Montenegro (+5 and +4 respectively). There are not many noticeable changes to their squad, with only one of the outfield players listed yet to feature in either game so far – and rumours are manager de Boer will name an unchanged eleven from the last match.
Speaking at the press conference yesterday, Ribas spoke about the importance of having fans back – tonight’s game is set to welcome a limited number of spectators, believed to be around 600, to the Victoria Stadium – the first time a senior international at the Victoria has had fans since November 2019. The Netherlands too welcomed fans against Latvia, with 5,000 fans at the 55,000 capacity Johan Cruyff Arena last weekend.
The visitors go into this game as 1/100 favourites, while the draw is 94/1 and Gibraltar are as high as 259/1 for the victory. Both Teams To Score, which came in vs Montenegro and would have come in vs Norway had Roy Chipolina’s late goal not been disallowed, is currently 11/2 best price, while Reece Styche, who scored last weekend, is 17/1 to repeat the feat at the Victoria Stadium and add to his previous goals vs Montenegro and Switzerland.
FG’s Predicted Lineups:
Gibraltar: Coleing; Jolley, Wiseman, Chipolina, Mouelhi, Moulds; Walker, Ronan, Torrilla, Casciaro; De Barr
Netherlands: Krul; Dumfries, de Ligt, Blind, Wijndal; Klaassen, F. de Jong, Wijnaldum; Berghuis, L. de Jong, Depay