In Thursday’s opening leg of their UEFA Nations League relegation playoff, Gibraltar will host Lithuania in southern Portugal.

Which country will go down to League D, and which will stay in League C? This two-legged matchup features two countries with 63 spots apart in the FIFA World Ranking.

Top 3 marketsBest odds at bookmakers
Lithuania to win : ⚽1.38 at Bet9ja
Under 2.5 goals: 🥅1.75 at 1xbet
Both teams to score – NO: ✅1.55 at Sportybet

Gibraltar and Lithuania: Previous Games 

The 2024 UEFA Nations League will be preceded by the relegation playoffs, which will pit Gibraltar against Lithuania. Last season, Gibraltar were relegated to League C’s basement division after a pointless Group 4 campaign in which they scored only three goals in six games. In their previous ten games, they have failed to score and have allowed several goals.

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Seeking a first-leg advantage, the two countries meet for the first time. Although they’ve gotten off to a good start in 2024 (winning their past four matches), Lithuania has had scoring issues in their last two games and eight road encounters.

Probable Gibraltar Lineup

Coleing; Sergeant, R Chipolina, Olivero, J Chipolina; Ronan, Walker, Annesley; Casciaro, De Barr, De Haro

Probable Lithuania Lineup

Gertmonas; Lasickas, Girdvainis, Lekiatas, Sirvys; Slivka, Utkus, Gineitis, Novikovas; Paulauskas, Cernych

Betting tips: Gibraltar x Lithuania

Check out our predictions of the day for Gibraltar vs. Lithuania

Prediction 1: Gibraltar x Lithuania / Lithuania to win

While it’s arguable that a regular playoff position could be more advantageous shortly, Lithuania will see this tie as a chance to earn two crucial victories that will boost morale and their World Ranking.

When promoted to League C a few years ago, Gibraltar showed some progress. However, they regressed dramatically in 2023 and will surely lose their match this week.

Prediction 2: Gibraltar x Lithuania / Under 2.5 goals

After the group stage, Gibraltar only managed to earn one point. They played six group stage matches, losing five and drawing one. This week, they’ll face a similar form Lithuania squad at the Victoria Stadium, hoping to escape loss.

Lithuania finished last in League C Group 1 after losing five and drawing one of their six group-stage matches. Despite their goal-scoring woes, the chances are in their favor for a road victory against Gibraltar this week.

Prediction 3: Gibraltar x Lithuania / Both teams to score – NO

The matchup pits two countries that aren’t known for their prolific scorers. They have been blank in their last few games, a trend that they continued in their group-stage matches. We do not anticipate many goals based on their statistics before this match. We believe both teams will not score in this match.