Latvia – Gibraltar Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips – 01.09.2021

⚽ Latvia – Gibraltar Predictions

Latvia – Gibraltar Tips and Odds. September 1, 19:45 World Cup – Qualification.

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  • The Baltic state of Latvia is famed for its amazing architecture and beautiful landscapes, but not so much for its footballing prowess. A first ever World Cup Qualification (WCQ) looks unlikely after three winless games so far (D1, L2), but they will hope for a positive result here against the currently pointless Gibraltar.
  • Despite their lowly ranking by FIFA (#136), Latvia have shown a steeliness here in Riga of late where they are unbeaten in four of their last six games (W2, D2, L2), which includes a shock 1-0 win over Austria. Not only this, but their solid UEFA Nations League record further consolidates the hosts’ title as favourites here (W1, D4, L1).
  • Cast your mind back to March 25, 2018, as this date may not mean much to most, but fans of Gibraltar and the wider football community will remember the β€˜Rock’s’ first ever official victory, a 1-0 success over Latvia no less. Gibraltar can double down on Latvian hurt after local side Lincoln Red Imps recently became the first Gibraltar-based team to reach the group stage in a European competition at the expense of Riga FC!
  • Given a potential psychological edge, Gibraltar can hope to stop the rot in qualifying here. However, 11 of their 13 defeats in WCQ so far saw the opponents on the day eclipse a minus two handicap, as did their first ever H2H friendly (5-0). Unsurprisingly then, Gibraltar have conceded more goals than any side in UEFA WCQ 2022 so far (average 4.67 per-match).
  • Players to watch: Jānis Ikaunieks opened and finished the scoring in Latvia’s 5-0 H2H success back in 2016. Meanwhile, 38 year-old defender Roy Chipolina broke Latvian hearts with a historic goal in extra time with club side Lincoln last time out.
  • Hot stat: Five of Latvia’s last six games saw both teams score and over 2.5 match goals (W1, D1, L4).

World Cup – Qualification
Latvia – Gibraltar
Kick-off: September 1, 19:45
Prediction: Over 1.5 Goals
Odds: 1.33@Bwin

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