Euro 2016 Qualifying (Group stage) Match Preview: Russia vs. Liechtenstein

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Updated: September 2, 2014
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Match Date: 08 September 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Arena Khimki, Khimki

(Featured image: Russia | Source: BBC)

 

Since their first meeting in 2005, Liechtenstein have never won against Russia. The world’s largest country and one of Europe’s smallest sovereign states will face off for the first time in a Euro qualifying, but the result—as with their past matches—seems very predictable.

 

Russia

As part of the now-defunct Soviet Union, Russia were the inaugural victors of the Euro 1960 and runners-up in the 1964, 1972, and 1988 editions. Upon the dissolution of the former republic and since their debut in 1996, the squad have almost been a regular participant in the championship’s finals. While they failed to make an appearance in 2000, they successfully finished as semi-finalists in 2008. Russia are a relatively tough side to beat and their recent form is a good testament to that—which includes a berth in the World Cup and numerous wins in various friendlies. Their last four appearances in the Euro qualifications, moreover, gave them three positive results.

 

Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein are deprived of a sizable following in the international scene due to their size, silence, and an exceptionally lackadaisical form. They have been a regular participant in the Euro qualifications since 1996 but not even once have they managed to rise above the bottom spot of the groups in which they were seeded. In their 2006 FIFA World Cup campaign, however, The Blues-Reds did the double over Luxembourg and accumulated a final tally of eight points—their best achievement, thus far.

 

Online betting tip: Russia will bag a massive triumph against Liechtenstein.