Spartaks vs Crvena zvezda
The Serbian champion, Crvena zvezda will start European qualifications with meeting against the champion of Latvia, Spartaks.
It is too early in the season that we could give some too big conclusions but obviously that Serbian team is strong favorite to qualify, they are strong favorite also in this first leg on the road. The odds are so low that we would need to risk with handicap if we want to have at least decent value. But instead, I like much more totals in this match and I mean on over.
Note that Crvena zvezda has changed a little bit its squad compared with season ago. The most of the main guys remained in the team but there were few important leavings, for example striker Pesic recently as well much earlier another striker Boakye. Stojiljkovic, former Braga player is the new attacking option and he is expected to start today.
In any case the guests should start with:
Borjan - Stojkovic, Savic, Babic, Rodic - Jovicic, Krsticic - Ben, Meleg, Milic - Stojiljkovic.
On the other side Spartaks is 4th straight time in European cups. So it is not that they are without experience. Last season for example in the Champions League qualifications they made a lot of problems to strong team as Astana is. At the end it was only 2:1 on aggregate.
Where the host could look for their chance? Beside fact they play at home, form could be on their side cause there in Latvia the season started long ago and already 14 rounds have been played. But unlike some previous season, this time Spartaks is only at 4th position right now.
In any case I will try with goals. Given on some earlier experience, Crvena zvezda wasn't too great in these opening European rounds. They were passing through but we remember very well those games on Malta, on Iceland as well in former Soviet republics. Usually on those visits goals have been much more profitable option than betting Crvena zvezda in the role of huge favorite (taking handicap).
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Spartaks vs Crvena zvezda prediction
|Over 3||Pinnacle||2.19||8||0-0 LOST (-8 units)|