Trencin take on visitors Olympia Ljubljana in the second leg of Champions League qualifying matchup. The match will be played on Wednesday, July 20th. The first leg ended with 4-3 away win of Slovakian side.
Trencin have won two back-to-back titles in Slovakia. The team gained 81 points in 33 matches with 73-28 goal difference, finishing 12 points ahead of the second place. The hosts of the second leg played five matches during pre-season, beating Zilina, 4-2, and Sparta Prague, 3-1, drawing with Rostov, 1-1, and losing to Mlade Bogeslav, 1-2 and Nove Mesto, 0-1. Trencin were a better side of the first leg and had 4-0 lead by 32nd minute of the first half. Such impressive start played a bad joke with the team and they conceded three from Olimpia, in remaining minutes, taking 4-3 away win. Trencin are quite strong at home, taking six wins in eight matches in 2016 with two defeats.
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Olimpia won the title race in Slovenia with Maribor last season, gaining 74 points in 36 matches with 75-25 goal difference, six points ahead of the closest competitor. Olimpia played only two sparrings this summer, drawing with Terek, 0-0 and losing to Celtic, 1-2. The first leg started as a disaster as they conceded four goals in starting half an hour but found the strength to reply with three goals, suffering close home defeat, 3-4. The team is unbeaten on the road in 2016 with five wins and two draws in all competitions.
The first leg proved that the opponents are capable of anything and it’s hard to pick a favorite in the match. However, we should expect both managers to learn lessons from previous head-to-head and adjust their defensive lines.
Prediction for the match: Under 3.5 goals.