Gibraltar v Estonia preview
FootyOn produce a Gibraltar v Estonia preview, ahead of the two nations’ penultimate World Cup qualifier Group H fixture.
Live on Sky Sports Red Button at 17:00 on Saturday, October 7.
They occupy the bottom two places in the pool, and can no longer qualify for the play-offs, but both still have plenty to play for in terms of their own goals.
UEFA’s smallest football nation Gibraltar (25/1 match chances with BetVictor) are searching for their first competitive point, and will feel they have a great chance of achieving this in their adopted home Faro, Portugal, on Saturday.
While, Estonia (1/8 with Paddy Power) are just two points behind Cyprus, so a win will certainly put them in good stead to finish above them.
Although Gibraltar have only been a UEFA nation since 2013, they have interestingly faced Estonia three times already – the most recent was a 4-0 defeat this qualifying campaign.
They battled in the British territory’s third ever international at their Victoria Stadium, and lost 2-0. The same scoreline in Estonia’s favour is certainly possible again, and they are 17/4 with BetVictor to do so.
But in their very next fixture two months later in May, 2014, Team 54 – as they are known – claimed a brilliant 1-1 draw on the road under former boss Allen Bula, who recently spoke exclusively to us.
Gib’s last chance this campaign to gain maiden point?
After a great start to UEFA life, losing just two of their opening five games – including their first victory over Malta – Gibraltar have since struggled on the international stage, and are currently on a run of 10 straight losses, but there is still plenty to be optimistic about.
They came just three minutes away from securing a point against Cyprus in the summer, only for the visitors to get a late winner.
But against familiar opposition Estonia, who are currently 14 places below the Cypriots in the FIFA rankings, tasty odds of 19/4 with BetVictor are available for Gibraltar to win or draw in the double chance market.
A share of the spoils is priced at 7/1 with the same bookie, meanwhile.
Gibraltar will be without Torquay United attacker Jake Gosling, who netted in the 1-1 draw in Tallinn, once more, but fellow joint all-time top scorer for the nation Lee Casciaro is available again.
The striker is a hero on the Rock, after his scoring exploits over the years, and is 6/1 with BetVictor to get a goal anytime.
Estonia and Fulham teenager Mattias Kait, who bagged a brace against Gib last time out, is in the squad again, and is a tempting 17/10 price in the same market. But veteran compatriot Konstantin Vassiljev is favourite at 37/40.
Gibraltar’s final match of the qualifying campaign is against Greece away on October 10, but this upcoming clash with Estonia will be their best chance of making history again by winning their first-ever point(s).
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As well as interview with Lee Casciaro and Allen Bula, we also recently spoke to national captain Roy Chipolina.