Dunajska Streda vs Cracovia Krakow (By: Akebob)
The winner of the pair will face Atromitos (Greece) in the next round.
The Slovak team of Dunajska Streda started preparation near the end of June, while their domestic league is starting in ten days. They will face Zlaté Moravce away. They played a couple of friendlies till now, winning over Zaglebie 3:2, losing 5:2 from Grozny, 3:0 from Mol Ferehvar and 2:0 from Vasas.
In the last few years, they are on the rise, as back in 2007 Dunajska Streda was playing in the 3rd division. After a merge with the team of Senec, they are to the first division and have some good support from the Hungarian community living in Slovakia. Last year they managed to qualify for the first qualifier, while they finished second to the league.
The new league in Poland starts on 20 of July, where Cracovia Krakow will face Zaglebie Lubin. Cracovia started preparation on 17th of June and in friendly matches they won over Maribor 2:1 and 1:0 against Dinamo Zagreb. They lost 1:0 from Orenburg and 1:0 from Partizan Tirana.
Cracovia is one of Poland's historical clubs, even there is nothing notable for them during the last years. But, the last season went well, they finished fourth in the league and had a generally good presence. This is just their second European participation.
Michal Probierz is their coach, who has a lot of respect in Poland. Their roster is bigger than last season with over 30 players participating in their pre-season preparation. They made some good transfers the past weeks, like defender David Jablonsky from Levski and striker Rafa Lopes from Boavista.
I don't think that Cracovia should be the outsiders here according to the odds. Both teams are at a similar level of preparation, but Cracovia has done some positive transfers and convinced more to their friendlies. Generally, the bigger name here is Cracovia and the odds should be lower for them.
Dunajska Streda vs Cracovia Krakow predictions
|Cracovia 0:0 AH||Bet365||2.10||8||1-1 PUSH (Stake return)|
Dunajska Streda vs Cracovia Krakow betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Akebob).