Spartaks take on the visitors FK Crvena Zvezda at “Skonto stadions” in the first-leg fight of the 1/8 qualification stage of the UEFA Champions League. The game will be played in Riga on Wednesday, July 11th.
Recently Spartaks have been staying one of the strongest clubs of Latvia, nevertheless, sometimes the side gets into huge troubles. At the moment “Sarkanbaltie” settle only on the fourth position in the SynotTip Virsliga standings with 23 points earned after 14 rounds behind. The team’s offense demonstrates top-class performance, having scored 22 goals so far, still, its defense looks tough enough as well as it has conceded 14 goals. In the latest tackles conducted in face of their supporters Spartaks have broken Valmiera 3:0 and Jelgava 1:0, but failed 0:2 against RFS.
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Meanwhile, FK Crvena Zvezda have no equal opponents in Serbia and produce magnificent football. Last season “Zvezda” also proved its high class, having looked more convincing than most of its rivals. At this point “Crveno-beli” are well-known all over Europe as they are constant participants of the Eurocups. FK Crvena Zvezda have beaten Bohemians 1905 1:0, LASK Linz 3:1 and Ried 2:0 in the previous battles played on the road.
It will be the first head-to-head for Spartaks and FK Crvena Zvezda ever. And that clash is of significant importance for both clubs, nevertheless, “Zvezda” has a bit higher football level and thus it is likely to succeed in the forthcoming encounter.
Prediction for the match: FK Crvena Zvezda to win with -1.0 Asian handicap.