Euro 2020 qualifiers are upon us and that means manager Lars Olsen will be extremely busy getting the Faroe Islands ready to face Malta and Romania in the upcoming international break.
First in line for the Faroes will take place on 23 March in Ta’ Qali and ironically the last match played by the Faroe Islands was against Malta at the same venue to close out the inaugural edition of UEFA Nations League.
The last match between the two teams finished in a disappointing 1-1 draw. Rene Joensen put the Faroes in front after only three minutes but Juan Carlos Corbalan equalized one minute later for Malta.
Both teams are familiar with one another after having played against each other two times in Nations League.
Yet the fact of the matter is that the Faroes are the better team and have what it takes to leave Malta with three points.
We all trust that Lars Olsen will do his homework to have his men prepared. But from here on out it will be important for the Faroe Islands to find a super sub who can provide a spark off the bench.
In fact, the last time a substitute scored for the Faroe Islands in a competitive fixture was back in October 2012 when Arnbjorn Hansen scored against the Republic of Ireland in a 2014 World Cup qualifier.
Lars Olsen has done amazing things for the Faroe Islands and the majority of the starting lineup consists of foreign-based footballers.
Yet finding extra depth goes a long way in football and it would be to Olsen’s advantage to bring Jakup Thomsen off the bench against Malta.
At 21-years old and currently plying his trade in Iceland, Thomsen is one of the best options up front for the Faroes, but manager Lars Olsen should start Klaemint Olsen of Faroese club NSI as the lone striker to pressure the opposing center-backs before bringing on a fresh Thomsen in the second half.
Wins never come easy away from home in football, but the Faroes must stay patient and alert if they want to leave Malta with three points.
Prediction: Malta 0-1 Faroe Islands
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