Faroe Islands vs Latvia
7:30 AM IST
FAI vs LAT Preview:
Faroe Islands made a fine start to the tournament, thanks to two incredible victories in their two opening matches against Malta and Andorra. They bested Malta by 3 goals to 2 while got the better of Andorra by a solitary goal.
However, in order for them to emulate their feat in the third game of the league, they will have to put behind a hefty defeat against Denmark in their recently concluded friendly that saw them being ripped apart by 4 goals.
The Islands will be hosting Latvia who has so far shown steely mettle in their rearguard to keep their opponents at bay in their last three games. A numerically depleted Latvia held off Andorra in their first game of this year’s campaign while they ended their campaign with Malta in a 1-1 affair. The midweek friendly between them and Montenegro also panned out in a draw that saw both the sides scoring a piece.
Latvia has been very organized in the defence and will make a fine contest out of Faroe Islands, considering the fact that their opponents have a hefty head but a slim tail.
FAI vs LAT: Head to head:
So far in the antiquity of football rivalry between these two sides, only thre encounters have been played that has seen Faroe Islands savouring a sway with a solitary victory while the rest of the games have been drawn. The last encounter between these two sides witnessed Faroe Islands drawing first blood through Atli Gregersen. A 69th-minute strike by Vladislavs Fjodorovs repealed the lead to share the spoils of the game.
Gunnar Nielsen, Sonni Nattestad, Viljormur Davidsen, Heini Vatnsdal, Joannes Danielsen, Brandur Olsen, Hallur Hansson, Solvi Vatnhamar, Klaemint Olsen, Meinhard Olsen, Joannes Bjartalid
Pavels Steinbors, Kaspars Dubra, Antonijs Chernomordijs, Raivis Jurkovskis, Arturs Zjuzins, Roberts Savalnieks, Janis Ikaunieks, Vladislavs Fyodorovs, Eduards Emsis, Davis Ikaunieks, Roberts Uldrikis
Picks to consider:
Klaemint Olsen has led the charge for Faroe Islands in the last two games by scoring in both of them. He is a brilliant midfielder and his knack for goals makes him a deadly choice for today’s game.
Vladislavs Fyodorovs will be the sole shaft of hope for Latvia considering the fact that he is a leader who can rally the forces with great competency and also score a few goals in the process.
1. Vladislavs Fyodorovs
2. Robert Uldrikis
Ideally, Faroe Islands will be the favourites to win this game, however, Latvia’s recently rallied defensive forces have given a tough run for money to their opponents. It will be a delectable contest to watch.