Latvia take on the visitors Armenia in the round 7 match of group stage of UEFA Euro-2024 qualification. The match will be played on Thursday, October 11th at Skonto stadions (Riga).
The Latvians are the underdogs of the group in the Euro 2024 qualification cycle, currently giving away points to all their opponents. However, it can't be said that the Baltic team is not fighting. In three out of five lost matches, Latvia was defeated by a one-goal margin. Their attack sometimes looks pretty decent as well, especially on counter-attacks where they can occasionally capitalize. In their home match against Turkey, Latvia engaged in a shootout with an exchange of precise shots in added time by the referee and ultimately lost 2-3 after the opponent's goal in the 96th minute. They also troubled the Armenians on foreign soil. I believe that, at the very least, the Latvians can find the back of the net on their home turf.
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Armenia is one of the main surprises of the Euro 2024 qualification cycle so far. This national team is a serious contender for a spot in the major tournament. They are only three points behind Croatia and Turkey in the group and have the same number of points as Wales, which participated in the last World Cup. The most significant aspect is that the Armenians are not afraid to attack and do so effectively. Before the match against Croatia (a 0-1 loss), Mkhitaryan and his teammates found the net in every one of their qualification cycle matches, regardless of the result. Armenia defeated Latvia (2-1) and Wales (4-2, even in an away game), and engaged in an exchange of precise shots in both encounters with Turkey (1-2 and 1-1).
Speaking of the outcome, Armenia is the favorite in this match. Although they narrowly won 2-1 at home against the Latvians, they dominated the game and could have scored more. However, the Latvians used their only opportunity and almost took points away from their opponent. When playing at home, under the guidance of Dainis Kazakevich, the Latvians will likely pose more threats to the Armenian goal and could at least organize a goal. As for the visitors, they are the favorites, and you can expect at least one or two precise shots from them. I'm placing a bet on Both Teams to Score in this match between the two national teams from former Soviet countries for an excellent coefficient. I expect a high-scoring game since the defense of both the hosts and the visitors is not their strong suit.
Prediction for the match: Both teams to score – yes.