The UEFA EURO 2012 Qualifiers: Spain Vs. Lithuania

Fri, 08 Oct 2010 07:28
On Friday, October 8, Spain will play host to a match against Lithuania. The match will be played in the quaint city of Salamanca and will showcase a rather interesting match between these two teams. This upcoming match should be the first real test for Lithuania in the 2012 EURO Qualifiers after their draw against Scotland and their impressive 1-0 win against the Czech Republic. Raimondas Zutautas, coach for Lithuania, is satisfied with their performance so far in the qualifiers, but admits the match in Spain will be a challenge for the team, both mentally and physically. He understands the pedigree of the Spanish players, but is cautiously optimistic that his team should at least give a strong showing in this match. Giants of the game Spain Spain has done well in their UEFA matches since joining the association in 1954. The team currently carries a long list of trophies in their UEFA cabinet, and their record can only be matched by a few other countries in Europe: most notably Germany, Italy and the U.K. Nevertheless, it should still be an important match for them, if only to avoid the embarrassment of being defeated by a younger team in this competition. Spain is expected to do well in the qualifiers and in the championship. The threat of being upset is still relatively low for them, but they know that it is still possible for them to be defeated by weaker teams in the early stages of the qualifiers. Optimism rules in this team Lithuania is a relative newcomer in this series. Although they joined the association as far back as 1992, they have yet to win a trophy in any of the tournaments sponsored by UEFA. By the standards of this league, they are still considered a lackluster team. But if their recent wins against higher-ranked opponents are taken into account, the group should have the momentum and the motivation to achieve a respectable performance in this match. The team has had very few personnel changes in the months leading to the start of the qualifiers. The core players in the team have risen to the occasion so far and should be extremely motivated heading into their October 8 match against Spain. They have nothing else to rely on but themselves, and this is the most likely reason for their conservative approach to changes in their lineup. Hoping for and doing their best in this match are all we can expect of them. That said, they can still be considered a contender to advance to the next round of matches in this tournament. Overwhelming odds Spain vs Lithuania BetUs sportsbook tags this match with -2000 moneyline odds for Spain and +1800 for Lithuania. This sounds about right as far as the expected result of this match is concerned. Intertops sportsbook list Spain with -2000, draw +800 and Lithuania as winner with +2000.

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