Suduva Marijampole vs Red Star Belgrade (By: DamirJ)
Suduva comes from a 3:0 home victory over Kauno Zalgiris last Wednesday evening at home thanks to three goals from Topcagic. Their season is underway and the team is two points above second-placed Zalgiris.
They reached the second qualifying round of the Champions League with a win over APOEL from Cyprus last season but suffered exclusion against tonight's opponent with a 5:0 aggregate victory. The team didn't change a lot in the previous year,
They will miss offensive midfielder Sirgedas (4/0) and striker Tadic (no performance yet) due to injuries. Comparing to the previous season, they are stronger for an experienced striker Ricketts, while striker Cicilia left the team, as well as midfielder de Nooijer.
Crvena zvezda had no problems winning the title again in the Serbian championship. The season has ended with a loss to biggest rivals in the finals of the Serbian Cup, however, that won't affect them much in a season where they played in the Champions League group stage progressing over Salzburg in the play-offs.
During the group stage, they had a memorable 2:0 victory at home over Liverpool and held Napoli to a goalless game beating all the odds in those matches. No doubt that their main target this summer is to get once again into the group stage in one of the European competitions.
Zvezda didn't look completely convincing during the friendlies at the preparations, but neither they had to. Some more gelling and working out in the offensive part of the team is needed, although it should be pretty fine regarding this is just the start of the European campaign.
The Serbian side got significantly re-inforced upon the entrance in the Champions League group stage, signing now important offensive midfielder Marin (ex Werder, Chelsea, Sevilla, Olympiakos) and a couple of more players.
Season for Suduva is underway, however that's probably the only factor working in favor of the hosts. These two teams know each other pretty fine from the previous season and while Zvezda is off from the perfect competitive form, they should still be able to get an easier victory here.
It's value considering the team's growth in previous year, while Suduva remains of the same quality.
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Suduva Marijampole vs Red Star Belgrade predictions
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Suduva Marijampole vs Red Star Belgrade betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (DamirJ).