Scotland face the third World Cup qualifier match in a week when the Faroe Islands visit Hampden on Wednesday. Steve Clarke’s side in Group F are still in vain after draws with Austria and Israel. The Faroe Islands drew their first match against Moldova before losing to Austria. In addition to homegrown talent, his squad has visitor players who play club football in Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. So what to expect from Scotland – the Faroe Islands today?
Scotland – Faroe Islands: How are two teams organized?
A late goal from Brian midfielder Meinhard Olsen drew the Faroe Islands against Moldova last Thursday and Dundalk defender Sonny Nattestad scored the first goal in a 3–1 defeat to Austria on Sunday. Hakanissen’s team last won against Andorra in October. Should Scotland win, they can hold a meeting in Vienna with Austria, Denmark or both countries on Wednesday. Dens have full points while Austria are on four points from two matches. Clarke hinted that he could replace David Marshall with Craig Gordon in goal. Marshall started the last three matches, with Gordon appearing after the United Nations defeat in Slovakia in November. Forward Kevin Nisbett still awaits his Scotland debut, having been on the bench against Austria and Israel.
Scottish midfielder Kenny McLean: “We know that we have enough to qualify for the tournaments, we have proved it. We still have to keep producing regularly. We put that pressure on ourselves and all the rest. Everyone wants the same thing. result. We will prepare well and it is about mindset and application. If they sit, we will be ready, if they try we will be ready. We cannot underestimate them. We have seen that the team has failed recently and it is up to us to make sure this does not happen.“Halur Hanson, Captain of the Faroe Islands:”Of course it is fun to come back. It’s been 10 or 11 years, such a long time. Whenever there is a draw for a new qualifier I always hope to see Scotland in the group, and now we are here so I cannot wait. We clearly have a lot of respect for our opponents. They are a really good team so we know it will be a tough challenge but we are always polite. We will go for the win but we will be realistic and prepare as we normally do and see how it happens. “
Scotland have never lost a national team to the Faroe Islands, winning seven and drawing two of the last nine. Scotland have won all five home games against the Faroe Islands, most recently in a 3–0 friendly at Pittodrie in November 2010. Although they have met in four previous European Championship qualifying campaigns, this is the first World Cup qualifying match between Scotland. Faroe Islands. Scotland are winning five matches in all competitions (P3S2), their longest streak since September 2008 (fourth)
Scotland have lost only two of their last 18 official home games (W10 D6), having lost to Russia and Belgium in September 189. The Faroe Islands have lost 11 of their last 13 qualifying matches for the World and European Championships (W1.11), sending at least four goals in five of those defeats. Ryan Fraser has scored in both of his final two matches for Scotland, scoring only one of his first 13 appearances for the national team. Despite playing only 70 minutes in Scotland’s two qualifying matches so far, Stuart Armstrong has been involved in six shots (4 shots, 2 chances scored), with only Ryan Christie adding more attempts (8).
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