Andorra and Gibraltar will trade tackles in an international friendly fixture on Monday. The home side come into this game on the back of a 4-1 defeat to Ireland in a friendly on Thursday. Troy Parrott scored a second-half brace to help the ‘Boys in Green’ complete a comeback victory.
Gilbraltar were also on the wrong end of a 6-0 whitewash against Slovenia. Atalanta forward Josip Ilicic scored a brace and also missed a penalty in an eventful game.
Neither side secured qualification to the European Championship and will use this game to prepare for the resumption of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers in September.
Andorra vs Gibraltar Head-to-Head
This will be the first meeting between the sides on the senior international scene and they will each be looking to start their rivalry on a winning note.
Andorra are currently on a poor run of form that has seen them lose their last eight games consecutively. Furthermore, the Tricolors are winless in their last 15 matches, a run that stretches back to a 1-0 victory over Moldova in October 2019.
Gibraltar have lost their last four matches consecutively and are winless in seven games.
Andorra form guide: L-L-L-L-L
Gibraltar form guide: L-L-L-L-D
Andorra vs Gibraltar Team News
Koldo Alvarez called up 22 players for the friendlies to be played in this window. The squad is headlined by captain Ildefons Lima, as well as other experienced internationals like Josep Gomes and Marc Pujol.
Roy Chipolina headlines a squad of 24 players who are representing Gibraltar in the June friendlies.
Andorra vs Gibraltar Predicted XI
Andorra Predicted XI (4-3-3): Josep Gomes (GK); Ildefons Lima, Marc Garcia, Max Llovera, Joan Cervos; Marc Pujol, Cristian Martinez, Sergi Moreno; Jordi Alaez, Alex Martinez, Victor Bernat
Gibraltar Predicted XI (4-4-2): Kyle Godwin (GK); Roy Chipolina, Jack Sergeant, Scott Wiseman, Louie Annesley; Alain Pons, Mohamed Badr, Graeme Torrilla, Kian Ronan; Tjay De Barr, Kelvin Morgan
Andorra vs Gibraltar Prediction
Neither of the two sides are potent in attack, and this, coupled with their recent poor results, could translate into a game of few goalscoring chances.
There is little to choose between the sides and we are predicting a share of the spoils, with goals to be scored at both ends.
Prediction: Andorra 1-1 Gibraltar
A rare taste of success is on the line in Andorra, as the modest microstate play host to fellow international minnows Gibraltar on Monday.
The pair convene at Estadi Nacional with the opportunity to earn a first win of the year, having suffered heavy defeats in several recent outings.
Situated in the high Pyrenean valleys, Andorra have only ever won seven games since joining FIFA in 1996 and are currently ranked 158th in the world.
Under the stewardship of former goalkeeper Koldo Alvarez since 2010, they sit fifth in their World Cup qualifying group, having lost all three of their internationals in March – against Poland, Hungary and Albania.
In fact, their most recent victory came in a Euro 2020 qualifier against Moldova, in 2019, when their opponents were reduced to ten men for the final half-hour and still had 70% of the possession. As they once endured a barren spell of 86 matches, though, failing to win in 13 is not an unfamiliar experience for the Andorrans.
Following a 4-1 defeat to the Republic of Ireland last week, Andorra have now lost each of their last eight matches, scoring only three goals while conceding 29 – at an average of nearly four per game.
When Marc Vales headed the hosts into a surprise second-half lead, however, dreams arose of a scalp to match their famous 2017 victory over Hungary, before a quickfire Troy Parrott double turned the game in the Republic’s favour.
Befitting a state of their size, the Iberians must work with limited resources, as there are only two official football pitches in the country, which stage each and every match in the eight-team top flight. They will, though, meet counterparts of a similar stature on Monday, so can realistically aim for just a second win in their last 29 games.
After their first of two post-season away friendlies ended in a heavy defeat to Slovenia, now Gibraltar can travel to Andorra in justified hope of finishing the 2020-21 campaign with a flourish.
Saturday’s 6-0 thumping in Koper followed a particularly weak start to the process of qualifying for Qatar 2022: the tiny nation coached by Uruguayan veteran Julio Cesar Ribas conceded 14 goals in three matches, including 4-1 and 7-0 defeats to Montenegro and the Netherlands respectively.
Having previously enjoyed three successive clean sheets – and a win over ten-man San Marino – in last year’s Nations League, Gibraltar also celebrated only the second away victory of their history by winning in Liechtenstein. For a team world-ranked 195th, who had never previously remained unbeaten for more than one match, that represented a sign of progress.
In Andorra, Los Llanis could conceivably build upon that, with just a third win on the road since their first official international match in November 2013 a live possibility.