When Lithuania competes against the Faroe Islands in the UEFA Nations League on Thursday, they will do so to keep themselves from being demoted from League C Group 1 of the competition. This will be done to achieve their aim.
The contest between these two teams that took place the most recent was in June. The home team was defeated by Turkey with a score of 2-0, whilst the away squad battled Luxembourg and drew the game with a score of 2-2 while away from home.
Match Preview: Lithuania vs Faroe Islands
In the previous season of the Nations League, Lithuania picked up eight points from their six matches, but they are yet to earn a single point through four games this season.
Their -11 goal differential is the worst of any group stage team, and it might have been much worse if Turkey had scored with more than two of their 37 attempts on goal against them in their most recent match.
Now, German manager Reinhold Breu, who had been serving as Lithuania’s team manager since December of last year, has taken over as head coach from Valdas Ivanauskas. For Lithuania to escape relegation from League C Group 1, they must find a way to win on Thursday against Faroe Islands.
Since the start of 2021, Lithuania has won just two of their past 19 international matches across all competitions. League C Group 1 newcomers Faroe Islands have earned four points after playing a full slate of games.
Hakan Ericson’s squad lost their first two games against Turkey and Luxembourg, allowing a total of five goals (five scored, two assisted) without responding. However, they won their third game against Lithuania, 2-1, thanks to goals from Viljormur Davidsen and Jakup Andreasen.
Even if promotion is out of the question, a win on Thursday would guarantee survival for the Faroe Islands after they drew 2-2 with Luxembourg in their last match.
To beat a motivated Lithuania side this week, Faroe Islands will need to improve their away record, as they have won just one of their previous 13 international matches since September 2020.
Team News: Lithuania vs Faroe Islands
Breu’s Lithuania squad has yet to announce its starting lineup for his debut game in command, but the German will likely move from the five-man defence employed by his predecessor to escape relegation.
Saulius Mikoliunas, 38, who is two appearances away from earning his 100th international cap, will try to displace Rolandas Baravykas in the starting lineup at right back.
Fedor Cernych, who scored in the first meeting with Faroe Islands, is anticipated to start up top with Augustinas Klimavicius and Arvydas Novikovas, who have each scored 12 goals for Lithuania at the international level.
Ericson may want to keep the Faroe Islands in the same flat 4-4-2 shape that led to the win three months ago against Lithuania. It’s possible that both Klaemint
Olsen (who earned his 50th cap last time out) and Rogvi Baldvinsson (who earned his 50th cap last time out) will start this match. Olsen will be partnering with Patrik Johannesen in the attack.
After scoring twice in a tie with Luxembourg, Joannes Bjartalid is expected to continue playing on the right wing, with Meinhard Olsen likely to operate on the left.
- Following Players will Start for Lithuania: Bartkus, Mikoliunas, Girdvainis, Klimavicius, Barauskas, Slivka, Megelaitis, Kazlauskas, Cernych, Novikovas, Klimavicius.
- Team Faroese’s Potential Opening XI: Nielsen, Sorensen, Baldvinsson, Nattestad, Davidsen, Bjartalid, Vatnhamar, Andreasen, M. Olsen, K. Olsen, Johannesen.
Our Prediction: Lithuania 1-2 Faroe Islands
A lot of expectation is being put on Lithuania to come away among all 3 parameters against that Faroe Islands squad. They won the previous encounter between the two teams and will be the slight favourite in this game despite Lithuania’s poor performance.
They were away from home. We believe that both nations will be a source of difficulty in the last third of the playing field, but we believe that the away squad has the skill in their roster to emerge victorious.
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