Latvia vs Liechtenstein Prediction, Odds and Betting Tips 06/06/2022
Preview: Latvia vs. Liechtenstein - prediction, team news, lineups
Latvia will be looking to make it two wins from two at the beginning of their UEFA Nations League campaign in Group D1 when they host Liechtenstein at the Daugava Stadium on Monday evening.
The hosts got off to a perfect start with a win over Andorra on Friday, and they will be expected to follow that up with another when they welcome another inferior outfit on paper in Riga.
Despite the 3-0 scoreline appearing to be a comfortable victory for Latvia on Friday, it certainly did not reflect the balance of play for much of the encounter in Riga.
Dainis Kazakevics's side held an undeserved 1-0 lead heading into the break following Roberts Uldrikis's opener just nine minutes in, with their visitors regularly troubling Pavels Steinbors's goal during the first half.
However, a much tighter second 45 was played out by Latvia and they regained the expected control, although they were made to wait until the final 13 minutes to find two further goals and kill off the tie.
Monday's hosts will be expected to do the same once again in front of their own supporters, in order to get off to the perfect start in Group D1.
Moldova provide the other test for Kazakevics's side in their quest for promotion, which looks a far more achievable goal this time around after picking up just seven points in the 2020 campaign against Andorra, Malta and the Faroe Islands.
Latvia made a winning start to their Nations League campaign last time out and now they're looking to make it two from two? Will they get the win they desire? Find out with our Latvia vs Liechtenstein match preview with free tips, predictions and odds mentioned along the way.
The obvious bet in this game is for Latvia to win but the odds are very short making it not all that attractive. To boost our potential returns, we're opting for a Latvia to nil bet. Latvia have won each of their last two games without conceding and have kept three clean sheets in their last five matches. Liechtenstein meanwhile have lost nine of their last 10 games with seven losses in the bounce heading into this match; all of them have come to nil.
Our next tip for this game is that it will go south of the 2.5 goal mark. Latvia have gone under 2.5 goals in three of their last five games. Liechtenstein have gone under 2.5 goals in each of their last two and in three of their past five games. As for the head to head record, three of the last five clashes between these nations have seen a maximum of two goals. It all points towards another low scoring game here.
These Nations League groups might not attract much attention from wider audience but they're highly intriguing as minnows of world football approach them with different tactics to what we're used to seeing them display.
Latvia must be enjoying the Nations League set up as it gives them the chance to actually go and win games. A home tie with Liechtenstein is another good opportunity to bag another victory.
Liechtenstein haven't won a game of football since October 2020. In theory, this group should give them a chance to change that. Whether or not they can grab that win here – away in Latvia remains to be seen.
Martin Stocklasa's side were downed 2-0 on home soil by Moldova at the Rheinpark Stadion, despite putting in a brave defensive display.
Proceedings could not have started much worse however, with Ion Nicolaescu netting from the penalty spot for the visitors inside five minutes, but Liechtenstein managed to keep themselves in the encounter until the closing stages.
Vadim Bolohan sealed the points for Moldova in second-half stoppage time though, which condemned Monday's visitors to a seventh straight defeat in internationals since picking up a memorable 1-1 draw in Armenia back in September.
In fact, that draw in Yerevan remains the only fixture that Liechtenstein have avoided defeat in over their last 15 outings, and is just one of three goals that they have scored during that time.
However, Stocklasa's men will once again take to the field on Monday with pride in representing their country, and although they will not be expected to halt their run of defeats, they will certainly display plenty of fight and desire in their attempts to pick up a memorable result once again.