Shkendija vs Trakai by MartinKamenarski
Macedonian teams are in a great progress.Last year Shkendija managed to reach the 4rh round of Europa League, facing too harsh Gent where they were knocked out.Before Gent they won over Mlada Boleslav a team with classes over Trakai.This year Vardar Skopje fought brave but were eliminated from ambitious Copenhagen but they will play 4th round of Europa League.If Shkendija manage to beat Trakai, there will be two teams fighting for the groups.This is a big, big progress for a country like Macedonia with 2 million population.
Shkendija totally udnerestimated Trakai in the first match.They entered the game with the ambition to outplay them but suffered and early goal.They were shocked but managed fast to respond and then again started to play jokes while controlling the ball and to some tricks.In the second half they received a second goal but this time they got too nervous because they realized they play with the fire.Furthermore, they got so nervous that they received two red cards and should be very thankful that the match finished 2:1.
At home Shkendija are superior warriors.They managed to annihilate a lot of strong and solid teams like Boleslav, Helsinki, Cracovia.
Trakai is nothing dangerous.This team is a really likely surprise beating the Swedish ex-champions Norkoping but I believe that Norkoping
made everything on their own.Most of the teams lose to Latvian,Lithuanian or Estonian teams just because they totally understimate them. watched a little both games where Norkoping were full of mistakes and they totally deserved that.Trakai has one great star called Maxim Maximov.He scored in every Europa League match, he is their machine but in Macedonia he will be fully covered.
All in all, Shkendija at home plays absolutely amazing.Their home ground is like a fortress.They play with a lot of high-pressure and create a lot of scoring chances.Many teams suffered their and I believe that Shkendija will repeat again playing in the play-offs.Honestly, I would not be surprised if they manage to enter the group-stage.
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|Shkendija to qualify||Bet365||1.53||8||3-0 WON (+4.24 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.