Accustomed to supporting roles, Luxembourg and Lithuania will face each other on Friday, March 22, in a match that is part of the schedule of the first qualifying round for Euro 2020. It will be played at the Josy Barthel stadium in Luxembourg, from 4.45 pm (Brasília time). The teams are in group B, which also has Portugal, Ukraine, Lithuania and Serbia.
In commemoration of the 60 years of the tournament, the sixteenth edition of the Eurocopa will be played next year in 12 countries. The qualifiers count with 55 selections in the dispute, including the first participation of Kosovo. They were divided into ten groups with five or six participants who will face each other in turn and return. In the end, the top two will have their classification guaranteed.The remaining four places will be played by the 16 group winners in the four League of Nations versions of Europe that had their first edition played in 2018. In case the winners also get a spot in the playoffs, they will set the final participants in the playoffs. Euro 2020 will be occupied by the team that stayed in the next position in their key in the tournament. The final battle will take place in March next year, shortly before the start of the Eurocup, which is scheduled for the period between June 12 and July 12. The final will be in England.
Although there are still some rungs down the front line selections of the Old Continent, Luxembourg has shown progress in its last appearances in official tournaments. Still has not achieved a milestone as the conquest of a place in the World Cup or even in the final phase of the Euro, but in style slowly and always, has taken steps in the right direction.In the inaugural edition of the League of Nations of Europe, for example, finished in second place in Group 2 of League D, the Fourth – and last – Division of the competition. He accumulated ten points (three wins, one draw and two losses). It was surpassed only by the selection of Belarus, that got to 14 points. But left behind Moldova (nine) and San Marino (no score).In the last ten matches, he finished as a five-time winner, tied twice and suffered three defeats. Signal that the base set up by the technician Holtz Luc has managed to evolve.
Lithuania, on the other hand, seems to mark a step forward. He played League C of the League of Nations of Europe and lost all six of his games. It was in the last position of group 4, that had Serbia (14 points, classified for Liga B), Romania (12) and Montenegro (seven). Finished for League D.The natural result of a disastrous campaign was the change of command. Edgaras Jankauskas was replaced by Valdas Urbonas, who came to make deep changes in the cast that competed in the tournament. Newcomers in the selection are three. Justinas Maraz, considered the best youth in the country in 2018, who turned 19 in February; defender Rimvydas Sadauskas of Kaunas Stumbras, who was often called up for the Under-21 team, and Paulius Golubickas, another 19-year-old athlete in Marijampolė Sūduva.However, a number of players who were being left behind return to the team. Among them, defender Mark Palionis of Jahn Regensburg of Germany, who returns to the national team after six years. Goalkeeper Saulius Mikoliūnas, who has 74 calls but has not been calling since 2016, is also on the list with:
- Goalkeepers: Ernest Šetkus (Haifa, Hapoel, Israel), Džiugas Bartkus (Kiryat Shmona “Hapeol Ironi, Israel) and Emilijus Zubas (Tel Aviv, Bnei Yehuda, Israel);
- Defenders: Algis Jankauskas (Suduva Marijampole), Roland Borovik (Vilnius Zalgiris), Markus Palionis (Jahn Regensburg, Germany), Rimvydas Sadauskas (Kaunas “Stumbras”), Linas Klimavičius (Dinamo Bucharest,
Maya Slavickas (Suduva Marijampole), Valdemar Borovskij (“Cavalliers”) and
Vytautas Andriuškevičius (Marijampolė “Sūduva”);
- Midfielders: Vykintas Slivka (Edinburgh Hibernian, Scotland), Arthur Žulpa (Kostanay, Kazakhstan), Donatas Kazlauskas (Knight), Diamond Petravičius (Falkirk, Scotland), Modesto Vorobjovas (Vilnius Zalgiris), Mars Kuklys (Taldykorgan “Zetysu”) , Saulius Mikoliūnas (Žalgiris of Vilnius) and Justinas Maraz (Wisla of Plock, Poland)
- Attackers: Arvydas Novikov (Bialystok “Jagiellonia”, Poland), Fedor Černych (Dynamo Moscow, Russia), Nerijus Valskis (Tel Aviv “Hapoel”, Israel) and
Paul Golubickas (Suduva Marijampole).
History of the matches against Luxembourg vs Lithuania
There were only two meetings involving the teams. The first friendly came in 2009 and saw Lithuania win 1-0. Four years later, Luxembourg took the lead by scoring 2-1.
Final prediction for Luxembourg v Lithuania
Football Prediction of the Day Luxembourg vs Lithuania
Luxembourg are in a superior stage at the moment and so the prognosis in their win against Lithuania is the best option for Friday’s showdown for the first round of the Euro 2020 qualifiers.
Bet Tips: Luxembourg