Suduva Marijampole vs Red Star Belgrade (By: Joey)
Last year saw FK Suduva and Red Star Belgrade play out in the second qualification round of the Champions League. That contest was won by Red Star who beat Suduva 5-0 by aggregate, before going on to make it to the group stages. This time around, the two sides are meeting in the first round itself. The Lithuanian title holders will hope to take advantage of the first round being held at home. The biggest positive that they have is that their season has already started and they are in game fitness mode. Suduva have lost just one of their last 14 matches in all competitions (W13, L1). Their scoring form is also impressive with Suduva scoring at least two goals in 12 of those matches during this run. However, their form in the Champions League qualifiers is poor, with Suduva losing their last three games. Two of those were to Red Star, including a 2-0 loss at home last season. Red Star have warmed up for this fixture with a string of friendlies – four of them that saw only win (W1, D2, L1). Red Star will have happy memories of last season in the competition, having made to the group stage and even competing well with the likes of Liverpool, PSG and Napoli.
Suduva have lost their last three CL qualifiers, failing to score in each of those.
Red Star have lost their last three CL away trips, although all of them were in the group stage.
Red Star have remained unbeaten in four CL away trips in the qualifiers last season.
Suduva will have the advantage of being in the middle of their league season, compared to Red Star. Although these sides have met in the second qualifying round last season that saw the Serbians run riot with an easy win, this time around there could be a change of fortunes. Expect the hosts to put up a better fight and don’t be surprised if there are goals in this contest.
Suduva Marijampole vs Red Star Belgrade predictions
|Over 2.5||Bet365||2.15||8||0-0 LOST (-8 units)|
Suduva Marijampole vs Red Star Belgrade betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Joey).