Our prediction for this Nations League match:
Latvia will be aiming to record their first win of the process when they take on Faroe Islands at Daugavas Stadiona in Riga on Saturday. The former Soviet Republic recorded only one win in previous 23 games in all competitions, but they are still seen as slim favourites to win the Nations League match. Rakow attacker Vladislavs Gutkovskis is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts.
Faroe Islands, on the other hand, have been performing above expectations in the Nations League this term, with the team sitting in top position in Group 1 ahead of the trip to Riga. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be experienced attacker Klaemint Olsen, who scored a brace in a 2-0 win over Andorra. Anyhow, share of spoils is on the cards at Daugavas Stadiona as Faroe Islands are not regarded as good travellers.
Highlighted Team (Faroe Islands):
Faroe Islands gained membership of FIFA on July 2, 1988 and they played their first official game on August 24 against Iceland. They were beaten by the Icelanders in Akranes, but two years later they recorded probably the most significant victory in the history of the national team as they defeated Austria 1-0 in Euro 1992 qualifiers.
Faroe Islands have yet to qualify for a major tournament, but they have been making progress year by year. The Landsliðið play their home games at Torsvollur and the capacity of the venue is 6.000. Faroe Islands recorded their biggest win against Gibraltar on March 1, 2014 (4-1) and they suffered their biggest defeat in 1996 when they were beaten 8-1 by Yugoslavia in front of home fans.
In the 2016 European Championship qualifiers Faroe Islands recorded a double victory over Greece, but the minnows eventually failed to book their place at the showpiece tournament in France. The likes of Frodi Benjaminsen, Oli Johannesen, Rogvi Jacobsen, Todi Jonsson and Jakup Mikkelsen are the most notable footballers who played for the Faroe Islands national team.