Sports Mole previews Wednesday’s friendly between San Marino and Seychelles, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
Two of the world’s lowest-ranked nations meet in a friendly on Wednesday night San Marino play host Seychelles in Serravalle.
This game was originally canceled by Seychelles just over a week ago due to “unforeseen circumstances” but the game is now back on and will take place at the San Marino Stadium as originally scheduled.
San Marino sits at 210th in the FIFA World Rankings and is still considered football’s weakest nation, having lost 180 of their 187 official matches since joining FIFA in 1990.
A narrow 1-0 home friendly win against Liechtenstein in April 2004 is their only triumph on the international stage, while they have drawn six other games, including the last against Gibraltar in November 2020.
Since then, San Marino have lost all of their last 18 matches, scoring just three goals and conceding 67 goals in the process. However, Fabrizio CostantiniSince the turn of the year, the SV team has improved slightly on the defensive.
After a tough 10-0 home defeat by England in their last game of 2021, San Marino have not conceded more than two goals in any of their six games in 2022. The last two games ended in narrow 1-0 defeats against Iceland and Malta in June.
Wednesday’s game will mark the first time San Marino meet Seychelles, who have also endured a dreadful run of form over a number of years.
The Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands off the east coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean, have been recognized as a FIFA nation since 1986, when they lost 2-1 in their first competitive match against Mauritius.
The Pirates, ranked 198th in the world by FIFA, have won 161 internationals, winning 24, drawing 28 and losing 109, and go into Wednesday’s friendly hoping to end a 10-game winless streak break up.
Vivian BotheArgentina’s side have suffered back-to-back defeats in their last two away games against Madagascar at the Africa Nations Cup. There was a 1-0 loss on July 23, followed by a 3-0 loss eight days later.
The Seychelles meet a European nation for the first time in their history against San Marino on Wednesday and they will assess their chances of success.
San Marino Form (all competitions):
Form of Seychelles (all competitions):
San Marino are expected to name a similar side to those who played in the Malta defeat last time out, although it could see Costantini switch from a five-man defense to a more adventurous three-a-side defence Alessandro D’Addario and Andrea Grandoni received the license to advance further as a full-back.
goalkeeper Elijah Benedettinirepresenting Cesana from Serie C will continue between the posts Nikola Nanni could lead the line alongside in the attack Matteo Vitaloli.
As for Seychelles, defender Juninho Mathiot is suspended after receiving a red card in the last game against Madagascar.
Burton Albions Michael Manncienne – who made his international debut in July – is out with a knee injury but is captain Benoit Marie will probably start in defence.
San Marino possible starting line-up:
Benedetti; Palazzi, Rossi, Fabbri; D’Addario, Lunadei, Battistini, Tomassini, Grandoni; Vitaoli, Nanni
Seychelles possible starting line-up:
Michael; Monnaie, Mellie, Brown, Marie, Fanchette; Nourrice, Ballets; Labrosse, Henrietta, Mothe
We say: San Marino – Seychelles 0-0
Both nations will see this duel as a realistic chance to get a positive result for the first time in a long time.
San Marino enter every competition as underdogs but we believe this could be the moment when they can finally end their losing streak and secure a hard-fought draw.
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