Gibraltar go into
tonight’s game vs Georgia looking for an improvement on their previous two
meetings against their opponents.
Photo © William Gracia
Both sides are without a point in Group D,
with Gib ahead of Georgia on goal difference, having played a game less.
However, this evening’s match in Tbilisi will prove to be a difficult one, with
the hosts only having lost once on home soil since the beginning of 2018.
The match, which kicks off at 6pm
Gibraltarian time (8pm in Georgia), is the first part of a double-header, where
Gib also travel to Dublin to play Ireland on Monday night. The two away matches
sees Julio Ribas side travel across the length and breadth of Europe for two
games in just over 72 hours, and will be a test of the players fitness –
however it is a challenge the team should thrive off.
For Georgia, their undoubted star player is
Giorgi Chakvetadze. The 19-year old, currently at Gent, has five goals in seven
appearances for the national side, and has been attracting interest from top
sides across Europe. The midfielder is tipped to be the next big thing in
Georgian football and possibly a star in Europe as well, so he will be one to
watch out for. Tonight’s hosts also have Levan Mchedlidze, who plies his trade
in Serie A with Empoli, but Tornike Okriashvili, who scored in both previous
encounters against Gib, has not made the squad for this round of fixtures.
Gibraltar have the luxury of a fully fit
23-man squad to pick from at the time of writing, with no injuries believed to
be affecting the side. Tjay De Barr was carrying an injury for the latter
stages of the season, but the two game ban he received for 10 yellow cards domestically
means he has had nearly a month without a match, and should be fit and raring
to go at the Georgian defence. Meanwhile, the likes of Joseph Chipolina, Lee
Casciaro and Roy Chipolina had been injury concerns, but appeared to be
training as normal and would be expected to be part of the eleven this evening.
As usual, Gibraltar go into the game as
massive underdogs, with odds as great as 80/1 that they can win today. The
hosts Georgia are a best price of 1/14 to win, and as short as 1/33 in places,
while a draw is generally around about 14/1 on average.
Chakvetadze, who scored four of his five
goals for his country in the Nations League, is 5/4 to score anytime tonight
and is likely to be one of their biggest threats, while for Gib, the likes of De
Barr (13/1), Joseph Chipolina (14/1) and Liam Walker (13/1) are good odds to
get a goal for Ribas side. A good in-play bet may be to wait for Reece Styche
(currently 17/2 anytime score) to come off the bench if he doesn’t start, and
get bigger odds on him scoring.
If you fancy there to be goals at both
ends, BTTS is currently a best price of 5/2, while if you think it’ll be a
similar game to Gib’s 1-0 loss to Ireland in March, under 2.5 goals is also a
5/2 shot this evening.
Goldwin; Sergeant, J. Chipolina, R.
Chipolina, Olivero; Annesley; Casciaro, Bardon, Hernandez, Walker; De Barr
*Odds correct at the time of writing, and
taken from Oddschecker