Gibraltar host Liechtenstein at the Victoria Stadium this evening looking to build on Saturday’s historic away win against Armenia.
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Gibraltar go into Wednesday’s friendly with Liechtenstein with every chance of taking a positive result from the game at the Victoria Stadium.
Jeff Wood will lead his team into action for the first time in Gibraltar since March 2014 when they lost 2-0 to Estonia. This time, the national team go in with more experience after a tough qualifying campaign, but also with several fresh faces looking to claim a long term place in the national team.
Their opponents, Liechtenstein, come into this game looking for a first win since March 2015 when they beat San Marino 1-0 in a friendly. This is the first of a double-header for them as well; Liechtenstein head to Marbella after the game to face the Faroe Islands in a friendly match.
Both teams will fancy their chances of victory tonight, which promises for an open, entertaining affair. The home side will miss the experience and ability of players like Lee Casciaro and Jake Gosling, but will still be confident of fielding a strong eleven capable of overcoming their opposition.
There are no fresh injury concerns reported by either side; Liechtenstein may start with vastly experience goalkeeper Peter Jehle in goal. The former Boavista stopper already has 116 caps to his name, some 100 more than Gibraltar’s most experienced international, Joseph Chipolina. Meanwhile, naturalised Liechtensteiner Marcel Büchel looks to be their greatest threat. The Austrian-born striker plays for Serie A side Empoli, on loan from Italian giants Juventus and should possess the ability to trouble Gibraltar’s backline.
Gibraltar go into this game as notable outsiders and you can get as high as 10/3 on the team securing victory with StanJames.com. The travelling side come in at 4/5 to take victory with them and leave the home fans disappointed, while a draw is 11/4.
The betting does however point towards goals though, with Both Teams To Score an 8/11 shot in the betting markets. Gibraltar’s only victory since joining UEFA was a 1-0 victory over Malta; a repeat of that scoreline tonight is 10/1.
If you fancy a more tense affair, then Under 1.5 goals is a very tempting 13/5 and could be good value for money with neither side scoring more than one goal in a game over the last two years.
Football Gibraltar’s Predicted Lineups:
Gibraltar: Robba; JC Garcia, R Chipolina, Casciaro, J Chipolina; Sergeant, Walker, Bardon; K Casciaro, Yome, Cabrera
Liechtenstein: Jehle; Rechsteiner, Kaufmann, Brandle, Burgmeier; Weiser, Martin Büchel, Yildiz, Wolfinger; Kuhne, Marcel Büchel
After Gibraltar manager Jeff Wood announced a 31-man squad, Football Gibraltar got in touch with some of the younger players who made the cut for the games against Liechtenstein, San Roque and Latvia.
The likes of Shaun de los Santos, Dean Torrilla, Dayle Coleing and Ethan Jolley will all be hoping to be involved in any of the matches later in the month. All four of them were understandably happy about their respective call ups; Continue reading
Gibraltar’s Under-17 national side start their qualifying campaign in Liechtenstein tomorrow, as they face the hosts, Croatia and Czech Republic in Group 7.
Stephen Head’s side, who last year took one point from their three games, will most likely target the game against Liechtenstein as their best chance of getting a point, much like their Under-19 counterparts did with a draw against the same opposition in France earlier this month.
A number of Terrence Jolley’s Under-19 squad are also in this squad, including Byron Espinosa, Andrew Hernandez and Liam Crisp, while four players aged 14 also make the team, including Ethan Britto who already has experience at this level from last years qualifiers.
The team start their campaign with a game against Croatia in Eschen, before travelling to Balzers to play the Czech Republic on Wednesday. A three day rest will then allow the players to recuperate and enjoy their surroundings, before playing the hosts on Saturday in Eschen.
Gibraltar finished off their European Under 19 qualifying campaign on a high note with a 1-1 draw against Liechtenstein.
Yannick Frick’s goal was cancelled out by a superb free kick from Lincoln’s Leon Clinton, but despite a host of chances for Terrence Jolley’s side at the end of the game, his side had to settle for the point.
The draw does mean Gibraltar finish bottom of their group, but the point was the first by any Gibraltar team in a UEFA qualifying match.
After two consecutive 9-0 defeats against France and the Netherlands, today’s game was always going to be the one where Gibraltar measured where their U19 side was in their progression, and the signs seem positive in that regard.
The other game in Group 10 saw France and the Netherlands, who both qualified, draw 1-1.