Andorra vs Latvia
European Qualifiers – 2018 World Cup
Date: Tuesday; 6-September-2016
Kick-off: 19:45 UK
Venue: National Stadium, Andorra la Vella.
It is a low key encounter in the Group B of European World Cup Qualifiers when Andorra host Latvia, but some attractive betting odds on offer suggest that this is a match worth analysing.
The tiny nation of Andorra is ranked 203 in FIFA rankings and failed to qualify for any major tournament since they officially started participating in qualifying games on 1998. They are also one of the footballing nations with the worst win record in Europe. After playing over 135 official matches, Andorra managed just 3 wins and 12 draws. This also means that they had lost in 120 matches.
Latvian football team are currently 110th in the FIFA rankings and they had their best run during the late 2008 to 2009 when they got as high as 45 in the rankings. They also surprised everyone by qualifying for the 2004 European Championships in Portugal. They finished bottom of the group which was won by Czech Republic with Netherlands occupying second. They also held Germany to a draw during the tournament which eventually led to the European giant’s early elimination. However, Latvia are yet to qualify for the FIFA World Cup and normally finish inside the bottom two during the qualifying phase.
Andorra vs Latvia: Head-to-Head
Latvia have won in each of the three encounters with Andorra. All the three meetings were in international friendlies, with the latest a 3-0 victory for Latvia on March 2008.
Andorra vs Latvia: Prediction
Latvia have done pretty well in their recent friendlies and lost only once in their last 8 matches. They have held some strong teams like Czech Republic, Ukraine, Turkey, Iceland and Slovakia to draws during the period.
The last time they played away to a lower ranked team in Gibraltar, they rushed to a comfortable 5-0 win. Latvia must win this by a comfortable margin.
Andorra vs Latvia: Betting Tips
Latvia to win at 2/7 (1.28)
Handicap Latvia -2 at 2/1 (3.00)
Over 3.5 goals at 13/8 (2.62).