St. Patricks hosts Norrkoping in the first leg of the Europa League qualification 1/8 finals. The match will be played on Thursday, July 11th at Richmond Park (Dublin)
St. Patricks got into the qualification of the European League only due to the refusal of Waterford to participate in the European tournament (it took 4th place in the Ireland Championship). St. Patricks finished 5th and did not get into the European Cups. Nevertheless, the team has already taken part in qualifying rounds of the Europa League draws for the 7th time. But it never went beyond these qualifications.
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Norrkoping finished second in the past championship, and now it received the right to claim the ticket to the group stage of the Europa League. Norrkoping participated only once in its new format and failed to pass the qualification draw 2 years ago.
The Swedes certainly look like a clear favorite not only in terms of 2 matches, but even in the upcoming away game. Still, with all due respect to the Irish championship, the championship in Sweden is somewhat stronger. Norrkoping will surely be content with an away draw, and already at home, it will try to dot the i’s and cross the t’s. Consequently, one should not expect a high-speed match, but if the Irish try to inflate these speeds, the Swedes may simply use their attempts in the counterattack. But it is most likely that the rivals will play a draw in the upcoming game, perhaps even a goalless one. Actually, the spectators probably won't see more than 3 goals scored and the victory of St. Patricks.
Prediction for the match: Norrkoping to win with +0.5 handicap and Under 3.5 goals scored