Zalgiris will take on Malmo in the first leg quarterfinals of UEFA Champions League qualification. The match will take place at LFF stadionas in Vilnius on Tuesday, July 19.
Zalgiris can show some resistance in the upcoming match. Although the Lithuanian giant is a regular participant in European competitions. He has never had much success. Zalgiris was able to defeat the Ballkani from Kosovo in the first round. It was a hard fight, 1:0 on the road, and 1:1 at home. The decisive goal was only achieved in extra time. With two games remaining, the domestic championship is in full swing. The team leads by two points. Although they won their match against the Hagelmann, 2-1, Zalgiris has not participated in the championship for more that two weeks. Their football can be improved by
malmo. The visitors are familiar with the current stages of qualification, but the club has set itself the goal of reaching the group stage. The opponent was easy to beat in the first round. However, there were some problems with Vikingur’s passage from Reykjavik. The Swedish champion won the first match 3:2 at home. However, the opponent spent the majority of the game in the minority. The second leg was equally difficult and ended in a score of 3 to 3. Malmo currently sit fifth in the championship with just three points behind leader. The whole struggle lies ahead of the team and they must add to their efforts to achieve the season’s goals.
In 2015, the opponents met at the same stage in the Champions League qualification. The first game in Sweden was a draw and Malmo won 1-0 on the road. Although we expect a clash between two determined teams, the advantage goes to the Swedish champion even in the first leg on the road. We agree with the bookies here, as the class of Malmo will be on the field. We expect the first game to be peaceful and close, with no danger. The bet on the total goal difference of 2.5 goals seems quite reasonable.
Prediction: The match will be under 2.5 goals.