On Thursday, two international minnows, Liechtenstein vs Andorra, will go up against one another in a match that will decide which country comes last in the fourth level of the UEFA Nations League.
The winner of this match will be the one that ends with the fewest points. In a rematch that will take place at Rheinpark Stadium in Vaduz three months after their first encounter in Andorra la Vella.
They have opponents from League D Group 1 who will square off against one another. In this encounter, the team that is playing at home will be seeking to collect their first points of the season.
Match Preview: Liechtenstein vs Andorra
Liechtenstein, which hasn’t earned a point in four Nations League games, continues its pursuit for a win this week. The principality will remain in the basement tier after a fruitless summer in which they scored once in four games.
Martin Stocklasa’s squad lost 2-0 to Moldova and 1-0 to Latvia before travelling to Andorra’s Estadi Nacional. Liechtenstein, who came last in World Cup qualifying Group J, was on track for a goalless draw in the last 15 minutes.
But two Andorran goals in four minutes sent them home empty-handed. The Blau-Rot have lost their previous 10 matches and are winless in 21 since September 2020. Their manager has failed to lead them to a draw since being promoted from the Under-21s.
Andorra’s 2-1 win against Liechtenstein in June followed a goalless draw against Moldova, giving them four points in League D Group 1. Koldo Alvarez can aim to reach Moldova for second place during the next week, but Latvia leads with four victories from four.
The small principality qualified for the World Cup with only six points, thanks to two victories against San Marino. After beginning 2022 with friendlies victories over Grenada and St Kitts & Nevis, the Tricolors lost to League C-bound Latvia. Andorra had lost 15 of their past 19 away internationals before this week’s trip to Vaduz.
Team News: Liechtenstein vs Andorra
Despite being unsigned, Liechtenstein head coach Martin Stocklasa has opted to add 30-cap attacker Yanik Frick this month. Both Noah and his elder brother, Mario, are sons of former Serie A great Mario Frick. He continues to be the principality’s all-time top scorer with 16 goals. Niklas Beck, another forward, and Aron Sele are both ineligible due to suspensions. Nicolas Hasler, a midfielder for FC Vaduz, will lead the team once again, while his clubmate, Jonas Hilti, will make his senior team debut.
Hilti is just one of many players from FC Vaduz’s Swiss Challenge League roster who will be making the trip. Andorra has once again called on 42-year-old defender Ildefons Lima, a former Las Palmas center-back.
He now ranks first in his country’s all-time records for both international appearances (134) and international goals (11). He’ll probably be sitting on the bench, however, as Max Llovera and Albert Alavedra form the backbone of the visitors’ defence instead.
While Ricard Fernandez and Albert Rosas have scored once for their respective countries at the international level, they may be a formidable strike force if paired together.
- Potential Liechtenstein Starting XI: Buchel, Malin, Grunenfelder, M. Wolfinger, Brandle, Meier, Luchinger, Netzer, N. Frick, Hasler, Y. Frick.
- For Andorra’s Likely Opening Day XI: Gomes, Rubio, Alavedra, Llovera, Cervos, Alaez, X. Vieira, Clemente, Reyes, Rosas, Fernandez.
Our Prediction: Liechtenstein 1-2 Andorra
Even if they achieve a goal, that would also immediately double their number, Liechtenstein may still continue to lose even if they raise their goal count. This is because scoring a goal immediately doubles their total.
Even a shot on target would be sufficient to win the game. Andorra has only failed to find the back of the net 3 times in their last nine matches, so they have the capacity to win despite their struggles on the road and gain all three points that are up for grabs.
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