European minnows – The Faroe Islands welcome one of the giants of international football Spain to Tórshavn for this Euro 2020 qualifier. Spain have expectedly started their campaign with two victories against Norway and Malta and will be expected to continue their 100% start against 102nd ranked Faroe Islands.
This match will be just the third meeting between the two nations, with the last two coming in the 1998 World Cup qualifiers. As expected, Spain won the two ties with an aggregate of 9-3, with not much changing besides Spain’s increased talent in the last twenty years, Spain will start as comfortable favourites for the match on Friday.
The Faroe Islands have started the campaign with two losses (2-1 against Malta and 4-1 against Romania). With the former being their most winnable game in this qualifying campaign, they now have to face top seeds Spain in what should surely be one-way traffic. If they can keep the score-line respectable, it will do wonders for their confidence moving forward in the campaign.
Spain on the other hand, look to be cantering to qualification after comfortable victories over Norway and Malta in their first two matches. Anything other than a comfy victory for Los Rojos would be a massive shock. In the latter of the two matches, Spain would have expected to ramp up a few more goals, but just two Alvaro Morata goals scraped them past Malta.
The starting XI for the Faroe Islands is very unlikely to change from their previous match against Romania. Hansson is expected to start in attacking midfield behind forward Klaemint Olsen. Viljormur Davidsen score the solitary goal for them against Romania and is likely to start at the heart of defence again. Goalkeeper Teitur Gestsson is expected to start in between the sticks, hoping to be the main stopping force of this Spanish attack.
The shock inclusion in Luis Enrique’s squad was Santi Cazorla. The experienced midfielder is back in the selection for the first time since 2015 after finally managing to put his injury hell behind him. He’s likely to feature from the bench come Friday as he looks to add to his tally of caps and goals. Star players David de Gea, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets didn’t make an appearance against Malta, but Luis Enrique is expected to name the three in his starting XI to face the Faroe Islands.
Real Madrid contingent Marco Acensio, Isco and Sergio Ramos are expected to play some part in the match. With the latter looking to put an injury struck second half of the season behind him and lead his country to the next Euro’s.
You’ve got to be looking at Spain to really get the job done come Friday against the minnows, I’ve been looking at the handicap markets and I really like the look of Spain -3 @ 2.05, or for a little bit of safety -2 @ 1.50. Another market that I like the look of is Spain & Over 3.5 Goals @ 1.72, after a lacklustre victory over Malta last time out, they’ll really be looking to put a fair few on the scoresheet.
From a goalscorer perspective, the lines all look fairly short for the main Spanish attackers, but I do like the look of Marco Asensio @ 1.90 and Iago Aspas @ 1.61 to score anytime. Alvaro Morata to score two or more @ 2.50 looks a good price as the Atletico Madrid man will be the vocal point of the Spanish attack.
Spain -3 Handicap @ 2.05
Alvaro Morata to score two or more @ 2.50
Marco Asensio to score anytime @ 1.90