UEFA Champions League / Suduva (Lit) vs Crvena Zvezda (Srb) – Thanks to whims of the draw Lithuanian champion Suduva will face for the second season in a row Serbian champions Crvena Zvezda in the Champions League qualifiers. Last year, Crvena Zvezda passed the second round after it won Suduva by aggregated 5-0.
Game Suduva (Lit) vs Crvena Zvezda (Srb) begins 09.07.2019 at 20:00 CET
Suduva was eliminated from the 2nd qualifying round by Crvena Zvezda without scoring a single goal, but this time they hope to play much better. They will play the 1st leg at home and won’t need to chase backlog like it was the case last year. Suduva is the leading team in the Lithuanian first division with 14 wins and 3 losses this season.
It is interesting that Suduva didn’t draw this season, just like that out of last 14 official matches out of which 12 were played in the league and two in the Cup they lost just one. Two weeks ago they lost at home to third-placed Riterai 1-2, but then they won Atlantis 4-1 and Kaunao Zalgiris by 3-0.
Probable lineups Suduva: Kardum, Cađenovic, Gotal, Jankauskas, Kerla, Slavickas, Svrljuga, Tadic, Topcagic, Verbickas, Zivanovic
On its way to the Champions League’s group phase last year Crvena Zvezda, after it won Suduva by 3-0 at home, won match in Lithania by 2-0. The Serbs are great favourites to win this year too, although they went to Lithania without two injured players, newcomer Radovan Pankov and Milan Jevtovic, and they sold Goran Causic to Arseanl from Tula in the last moment.
Dutch Ebecilio, not fully ready Brazilian Jander and injured Milan Gajic are not even registered to play in this phase. That is why they are bringing newcomers to Lithuania; Portuguese forward Tomani and Spanish midfielder Kanas. After minimal defeat by Russian Zenith 1-0 Crvena Zvezda won the last test match with Austrian Linz by 3-1.
Probable lineups Crvena Zvezda: Borjan, Stojkovic, Savic, Milunovic, Rodic, Jovancic, Jovicic, Kanas, Marin, Tomane, M. Pavkov
Betting Pick: Suduva vs Crvena Zvezda
Suduva didn’t have much luck with Crvena Zvezda last year but they could play much better now. They have six player from former Yugoslavia in their ranks, and the Lithuanian championship is ongoing so they are in better shape. In 17 matches of the Lithuanian championship Suduva scored 37 and received only 10 goals and we would play on the Asian handicap on the home team.
Pick: Asian handicap + 1 Suduva
Odds: 1.88 at bet365 (down to 1.82 can be played)
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