Shkendija take on the visitors Gent in the final round match of Europa League qualification. The second leg will be played on Thursday, August 25th. The first leg ended with 2-1 win of Belgian side.
Shkendija had excellent last season and won silver medals in Macedonia, taking 75 points with 74-24 overall goal difference in 32 matches. The team continued to impress in the Eurocup this summer. Macedonian runners-up eliminated one by one Cracovia, 2-0, 2-1, Neftci Baku, 0-0, 1-0 and Mlada Boleslav, 2-0, 0-1. Moreover, in the home leg against strong Genk Shkendija scored first and conceded second goal only on 92nd minute of the matchup. The team shows excellent results at home, suffering the most recent home defeat over a year ago. Shkendija won their four home matches of the season with 7-1 on aggregate.
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Gent haven’t lost a single match in new season, taking four wins and three draws in seven matches this summer. Belgium side have eliminated Viitorul in the previous round, 5-0, 0-0. Gent played three matches on the road this season and drew all of three. We should note that a draw would suite the team in this match as well.
Despite all Shkendija’s deeds this summer, they have small chances to progress to the group stage of the competition as Gent are clearly more experienced and skilled side. Gent have the lead in the matchup and they know how to get the result they need so the favorites should at least avoid defeat in this match.
Prediction for the match: Gent to win with +0.0 Asian handicap.