Stjarnan hosts Levadia in the first leg of the Europa League qualification 1/8 finals. The match will be played on Thursday, July 11th at Stjornuvollur (Gardabaer)
Stjarnan got into the qualification of the Europa League thanks to the bronze medals won in the last championship. And the team is in 4th place in this local championship. But as for scoring, if we look at European championships, the indicators are good. Nevertheless, by Icelandic standards, they are average - 19-16 after 12 rounds. Stjarnan has started in the initial stages of European competition for the 5th years in a row. But it didn’t go beyond qualifying rounds.
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Levadia finished in 2nd place in the last Estonian championship and gained the right to qualify for the Europa League. The team is trying to assert itself in European cups for the 8th year in a row, but it didn’t go beyond the qualifying rounds.
I will note an interesting fact concerning the Icelandic club in terms of its European cup games. 11 of the last 12 matches of Stajarnan ended with the outcome Both teams to score - no. Levadia played 6 out of 12 of its last European matches with the same outcome. The Balts will not be against a draw in Iceland. And their strategy for the upcoming match is clear. Attentive game in defense. The main task is not to concede, and they might well succeed. But even if the hosts manage to score, their opponents are unlikely to run to win back. On the contrary, Levadia will pay more attention to defense in order not to aggravate the situation, and then it will try to gain a positive result at home. Both teams have no high-class performers in the attack, so it can be expected that one of them will not be able to score a goal.
Prediction for the match: Both teams to score - no