Sarpsborg vs St Gallen
Saprsborg had a great starting point in the first leg but managed to blow it up till the end of the clash. Their opponents stood playing with a man less already in the fifth minute when their defender got excluded and the Norwegian side took the lead in next minute via Heintz.
However, they weren't able to cope up with the pressure being leveled up just before the halftime whistle. They remained bit more threatening side in the second halftime and somehow their chances were more concrete, but the Swiss side found a way to revert the scoreline completely. No doubt that fairly difficult job awaits them now in front of own fans.
As for the domestic league, it's stopped for the moment till the European duties don't clear up a bit for their participants. In the most recent game, players of Sarpsborg defeated Ranheim with a 4:1 result in front of own fans. They are in the sixth position with just three fewer points than Europa League and third-placed side Molde. No doubt that European exit is their target again.
St Gallen, as said, had terrible entrance into the match when their central defender and one of most influential players Milan Vilotic got red carded in the fifth minute already. Despite the early setback and being down in the scoreline, the Swiss side managed to slowly get back into the match.
It was an even game for sure, but Hefti boosted their morale with an equalizer in the 41st minute and made the team believe that they can overcome the situation. Not much later, Buess found a way to score the second to completely revert the scoreline. They had to defend a bit till the end, but will surely be satisfied with a victory achieved there.
As for the domestic league, they started with a surprising and morale-boosting victory away to Basel 1:2, but suffered quite a disappointment last weekend in front of own fans when they got defeated 2:4 last Sunday afternoon to Sion.
They had to rotate the squad a bit, but the visitors have played very smartly using their chances properly and surely deserved to win thanks to this. A defeat that makes them asked themselves if a victory over Basel was just a reflection of the poor situation in the Swiss most reputable side.
Central defender Milan Vilotic (2/0) misses now the due suspension. Midfielder Miro Muheim is a long-term absentee. Defender Philippe Koch and midfielders Alessandro Krauchi and Tranquillo Barnetta are also unavailable coming only slowly into the training process after recovering from injuries.
Even though Sarpsborg might have looked bit confused after taking the lead in the first leg, I still see them as favorites now at home. With their lesson surely learned and with the help of their fans they should be able to get the qualification here. I can't see the Swiss side being that dangerous in attack, however.
Sarpsborg vs St Gallen prediction
Sarpsborg -0.25 Asian handicap @ 2.11 with Pinnacle