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Faroe Islands v Spain Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

June 03, 2019

- Grant Whittington

Torsvollur - Euro 2020 Qualifying

The Faroe Islands are looking to pull off the impossible this weekend as the minnows take on the might of Spain on Friday night. Do they have any chance of causing one of the biggest shocks in the history of international football?

Past Meetings

These countries have only ever played each other twice, which was in qualifying for the 1998 World Cup. Spain won 6-2 in the Faroe Islands in the first meeting, before a 3-1 victory back on home soil in the return.

Team News

Not only is this Faroe Islands squad short on quality, it’s also short on experience. Only one player - captain Atli Gregersen with 51 caps - has reached a half century of international appearances, while 40-cap Hallur Hansson boasts the next highest amount. Hansson is also the highest scorer in the home side’s squad, with a measly four goals.

Spain’s left-back Jordi Alba has twice as many goals as that. The Barcelona man should start in defence alongside Sergio Ramos, who boasts 163 caps for his country, as well as 18 goals, having assumed the penalty-taking responsibilities of late. La Roja don’t have a prolific striker to call on though, with Alvaro Morata hoping to start after a brace in Spain’s last match against Malta.

Faroe Islands v Spain Preview and Predictions

After flopping at last summer’s World Cup with a managerial disaster on the eve of the tournament followed by a group-stage exit, Spain are very much in a transitional period. They’ve lost some hugely talented players, and the latest crop has been disappointing. The Faroe Islands meanwhile have failed to win any of their last seven matches.

The Nations League gave the minnows some respite from their usual status as perennial whipping boys, pitting them against three other teams more on their level in Kosovo, Azerbaijan and Malta. They beat the latter 3-1 last September, but lost to the same team in their first fixture in this Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.

Spain have a 100% record so far, although they haven’t been convincing. La Roja needed a late Sergio Ramos penalty to see off Norway as they won their first match 2-1, before that 2-0 victory over Malta. However, anything other than a win here for Luis Enrique’s side would come as a major surprise.

That’s wholly reflected in the odds for the game, with Spain the overwhelming favourites at 1/22. Malta are priced at a massive 90/1 to take an unlikely three points, while a draw would also be one of the best results in the history of this tiny nation. That’s available at 23/1.

Recommended Bets

Spain to win and BTTS at 9/2

While La Roja are 1/3 to win to nil, this bet could be worth a punt at these odds. Spain will dominate possession but they’re not the same team as in years gone by and the Faroe Islands could give them the odd uncomfortable moment. They’ve never failed to score against Spain, after all.

Sergio Ramos to score at 13/8

Considering he is Spain’s penalty taker and La Roja will be attacking for most of the game - potentially winning plenty of corners and free-kicks as well as penalties - the Real Madrid defender will fancy his chances of scoring after a run of five goals in five games prior to the Malta match.

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