These countries are the outsiders to progress from Group B. Luxembourg vs Lithuania preview for Fridays European Championship qualifying match at the Stade Josy Barthel. Read on for our free predictions and betting tips.
However, they have looked so much better in recent times, collecting four wins, two draws, and three losses in the past year. Away from home, they have a win, a draw, and a loss in the last year of action. They battled hard to a second placed finish in League D, Group 2 behind Belarus, missing out on promotion by four points. Two of the losses came at the hands of Belarus in the UNL and one to Ukraine in qualification. Luxembourg, on the other hand, are a team on the up and up currently.
Luxembourg Predicted Starting Line up
The former Soviet republic have yet to book their place at the finals of a major tournament, but they were competitive in the UEFA Euro 2004 qualifiers as they managed to play out a draw with Germany on the road. Lithuania managed to beat Scotland in the qualifiers for the 2004 European Championship, but they eventually failed to book their place at the showpiece tournament in Portugal. Marius Stankevicius is considered Lithuanias most notable footballer as he played for the likes of Lazio, Hannover, Sampdoria, Sevilla and Valencia in the past. LFF Stadium is the home ground of the Lithuania national football team and the venue, who capacity is 5.067, was opened in 2004. Lithuania was occupied by Soviet Union in 1940 and 50 years later they regained their independence. Lithuania play their home games on artificial turf. The Lithuanian national football team played their first official game on June 24, 1923, with the team suffering a heavy 5-0 loss to Estonia in Kaunas.
The 188cm-tall striker has 10 caps for Luxembourg U21 team, scoring one goal in the process. Luxembourg eventually won the match 2-1. His preferred foot is right, whilst his main position is centre-forward.
Contrast that with Lithuanias campaign. They were in the division above Luxembourg and proved to be out of their depth, finding it all too much for them as they lost all six games against Serbia, Montenegro and Romania to end up being emphatically relegated.
Lithuania vs Luxembourg Odds
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Luxembourg is having a mixed tournament with a win and a loss so far. Against this same team, at home, they posted a win, while their match against Ukraine saw them losing.
The scoreline was 2-1 in favor of the hosts. Lithuanias sole tie was against Luxembourg, and they lost it on the road. And it was a comeback win by Luxembourg nonetheless.
Luc Holtz has called in a very familiar squad for this fixture, with the likes of forward Maurice Deville and midfielder Florian Bohnert among those missing out.
The scoreline was 2-1 in favor of the hosts. And it was a comeback win by Luxembourg nonetheless. Lithuanias sole tie was against Luxembourg, and they lost it on the road.
Chris Philipps, whose contract with Metz should expire in June 2018, made only 11 appearances for les Grenats in the 2016/2017 Ligue 2 campaign, but, no doubt, he helped the club secure promotion to the French top flight.
Luxembourg vs Lithuania Match Info
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Luxembourg defeated Macedonia in the Euro 2016 qualifiers, but a victory over Czech Republic in the 1996 European Championship qualifying match is considered the teams biggest success. Speaking of their biggest defeat, Luxembourg were outclassed by England 9-0 on two occasions (1960, 1982). Les Lions Rouges have never qualified for the finals of a major tournament, but they often make life difficult for European teams in the qualifiers. Luxembourg recorded their biggest win against Afghanistan (6-0), in the match that was played in London in 1948. Jeff Strasser is both the most famous and the most capped Luxembourg player and it has to be noted that the former Bundesliga player made 98 appearances for the national team. Les Lions Rouges play their home matches in red shirts and red shorts, while they wear white jerseys and white shorts when playing on the travels. Luxembourg national football team is controlled by Luxembourg Football Federation and they play their home games at Stade Josy Barthel.
Midfielders Mantas Kukyls and Arturas Zulpa each miss out due to injury. Valdas Urbonas has decided not to call up goalkeeper Ernestas Selkus, defender Edigdijus Vaitkunas, or striker Darvydas Sernas for this match.
Prediction Lithuania - Luxembourg
Lithuania have played 10 matches in the past 12 months. They have scored an average of 0.4 goals a match. They have leaked 2.3 goals per game. Their record over this period is: Win 0 - Loss 9 - Draw 1.
After spending two seasons in the Dutch club, the Lithuanian footballer signed for Major League Soccer club Portland Timbers on July 14, 2016. In 2010 he joined Polish outfit Lechia Gdansk and he spent three seasons at Stadion Energa Gdansk. He played 31 league games for the Iron Stoves and at the end of the 2013/2014 season he joined Cambuur. The 188-cm tall defender made his Lithuania debut on August 10, 2011 in a friendly against Armenia. Andriuskevicius is a full back who side position is centre back and it has to be noted that he was born on October 8, 1990 in Alytus, Lithuania. Vytautas Andriuskevicius is a Lithuania international who plays for Portland Timbers as a left back. After ending his spell with Lechia, Vytautas Andriuskevicius moved to Sweden, signing a deal with Djurgardens. Andriuskevicius started his senior career at FBK Kaunas, but he made no more than 17 league appearances for the Lithuanian club from 2007 to 2010.