Ufa take on the visitors Progres Niederkorn at the Neftyanik Stadium in the first leg match of UEFA Europa League third qualification round. The match will be played in the eponymous city Ufa on Thursday, August 9th.
There is an ambiguous impression after watching Ufa`s previous matches this season. The team has had three official matches, lost none of them and won also none of them. However, the Townspeople had a lot of goal attempts in those matches and could easily win. In the first tour of Russian Premier League they played against the reigning champions Lokokmotiv and could beat them after referee had awarded them with a penalty on the last minutes of that match. But in the end Ufa did not score the penalty and drew with a 0-0 score. In the UEFA Europa League second qualification round Ufa played against weak Domzale and beat them with a real struggle (0-0, 1-1). The team of Sergei Tomarov was losing by the 87th of the second leg match on the away side with a 0-1 score but scored after their first goal attempt in the game and went through to the third qualification round because of the away goal rule. It`s worth noting that Ufa scores very few goals on the average but usually plays really good in the defense.
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Progres Niederkorn have been shocking the football community recently. The team has its own pattern and arouses sympathy from the fans. The first time Progres declared themselves was last season when they beat strong Rangers with an overall 2-1 score. Interestingly this season the Luxembourgers have been beating their opponents in the qualification round with the same overall 2-1 score losing the first match with a 0-1 score and winning the second with a 2-0. In the first qualification round Progres had beaten Gabala from Azerbaijan and In the second qualification round they beat Honved from Hungary.
Considering how the teams played in the previous qualification round Progres Niederkorn arouse more sympathy than Ufa. The Luxembourges really put all their effort into going through so far in the tournament and the Russians were just lucky. However, Progres often lose the first leg match with a 0-1 score.
Prediction for the match: Progres Niederkorn to win with +1.5 handicap.