Ashley Rodriguez and Deren Ibrahim are the two new names in Jeff Wood’s latest Gibraltar squad, for the World Cup Qualifiers against Estonia and Belgium.
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