Faroe Islands vs Spain: Preview

Faroe Islands’ XI is unlikely to look much different to the one that started against Romania last time out.

Hansson is expected to start in an advanced midfield role in support of lone forward Klaemint Olsen, with Thomsen starting on the bench for the home side.

Viljormur Davidsen scored his team’s goal against Romania and will start in defence once again, while there should also be positions for Teitur Gestsson between the sticks and Odmar Faero at the back.

Santi Cazorla’s inclusion was the standout news when the Spain squad was announced. The midfielder is back in the selection for the first time since November 2015 after finally managing to put his injury hell behind him. The 34-year-old will be desperate to play a part on Friday night, although it seems likely that any potential involvement will arrive from the bench.

The likes of David de Gea, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba were not involved against Malta but all three are expected to be named in the starting XI for this match.

Sergio Ramos missed the latter stages of the 2018-19 campaign through injury. The Real Madrid captain is fit to play for his national team, though, and should line up at the heart of the defence.

Madrid teammates Isco and Marco Asensio will also be hoping to feature as the pair look to put disappointing seasons behind them.

Faroe Islands possible starting lineup:
Gestsson; Rolantsson, Gregersen, Faero, Davidsen; Joensen, B Olsen, Hansson, Vatnsdal, Bartalsstovu; K Olsen

Spain possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Carvajal, Ramos, Hermoso, Alba; Parejo, Busquets, Isco; Rodrigo, Morata, Asensio

Head To Head
As mentioned above, Friday will be just the third ever meeting between the two nations.

Spain recorded a 6-2 victory away to the Faroe Islands back in September 1996, before running out 3-1 winners in the home fixture in October 1997, with both matches occurring during qualification for the 1998 World Cup.

We say: Faroe Islands 0-4 Spain
It is very difficult to predict anything other than a comfortable away win on Friday night. Spain were not exactly brilliant against Malta last time out and will surely keen to send out a message in this match.