UEFA Champions League/Crvena Zvezda (Srb) vs Suduva (Lith) – Lithuanian champion has managed to not receive a goal in the first match with Crvena Zvezda. Match of the 1st qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League had ended as goalless draw, and Crvena Zvezda must try to win at home in order to reach the 2nd round.
Game Crvena Zvezda (Srb) vs Suduva (Lith) begins 16.07.2019 at 20:45 CET
Unlike the previous year when Crvena Zvezda on its way to the group phase of the Champions League easily defeated Suduva both at home and away by 2-0, it couldn’t gain advantage in the 1st leg. Besides unregistered players Crvena Zvezda couldn’t count on injured Radovan Pankov and Milan Jevtovic, who should be ready now.
Zvezda was a better team in Lithuania but didn’t materialise its chances and manager Vladan Milojevic now invites Zvezda’a fans to come and support their team. Zvezda played last year for the first time in the group phase of the Champions League since it changed the format but we should remind that its biggest success was winning the European crown in 1991.
Probable lineups Crvena Zvezda: Borjan, Gobeljic, Babic, Milunovic, Rodic, Jovancic, Jovicic, Ben, Marin, Ivanic, Boakye.
Suduva didn’t score in the third head-to-head with Crvena Zvezda in a row but there is no doubt that they are satisfied with fact that they didn’t lose at home. They were in subordinate position in the first half but in the second one, when Gotal and Glubickas came off the bench Sudova established a balance of powers on the pitch and even threatened the guests several times.
Sudova is the leading team in the Lithuanian first division table, which has a break till 3 August and can fully focus on the European competitions. They left a good impression in the 1st leg, being compact team that can patiently wait for its chance and they might get it again in Belgrade.
Probable lineups Suduva: Kardum, Svrljuga, Kerla, Jankauskas, Zivanovic, Slavickas, Glubickas, Cadjenovic, Vebrickas, Topcagic, Gotal.
Betting Pick: Crvena Zvezda vs Suduva
Zvezda is undoubtedly a great favourite to win at home, where they won the same rival last season by sound 3-0 and worry-free went to play the 2nd leg, but it is questionable how good the current team is? They won’t easily break resistance of compact Suduva, especially as the Serbian championship hasn’t started yet and Zvezda needs more competitive matches to get in the right shape.
Pick: Asian handicap +2.25 Suduva
Odds: 1.88 at bet365 (down to 1.80 can be played)
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