Sutjeska vs Linfield
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 6 August 2019
Kick-off: 20:15 CET
Sutjeska traveled to Cyprus last week to face APOEL in the Champions League second qualifying round, having lost 0-1 at home in the first leg. Their mission was particularly difficult but not impossible; that is, until 13 minutes into the game in Cyprus, when it was made pretty obvious that the Montenegro champions didn’t stand a chance. Down 1-0, 2-0 soon after that, 3-0 for APOEL halfway through the second half, disappointing performance by Sutjeska, whose do have a good excuse though, as they were facing a team with a far superior roster. The championship in Montenegro just started, Sutjeska beat OFK Titograd away from home by the narrowest of margins (0-1), struggling, as their coach admitted. Nikola Rakojevic looked relieved after their victory on Saturday, knowing that those three points, a positive start in the championship, was exactly what they needed as a morale boost before hosting Linfield.
Football authorities in Northern Ireland are considering… messing with the calendar, make drastic changes, so that when their teams play in UEFA competition qualifiers in July, they have already spent weeks playing official matches in their national championship. David Healy, Linfield’s coach, was asked about it the other day, and he said that he is a “traditionalist”, he likes the way things are, but admitted that changing the calendar could boost the country’s chances of seeing at least one team in the Europa League group stage. Last week they beat HB Torshavn 1-0 at home, finishing off the job they had started a week earlier, with their 2-2 draw in the Faroe Islands. The championship in Northern Ireland hasn’t started yet, so when Linfield faced Rosenborg in the Champions League qualifiers a month ago, those games against the Norwegians were the first in the season for the Irish.
Previous five matches:
OFK Titograd vs Sutjeska 0-1
APOEL vs Sutjeska 3-0
Sutjeska vs APOEL 0-1
Sutjeska vs Slovan Bratislava 1-1
Slovan Bratislava vs Sutjeska 1-1
Linfield vs HB Torshavn 1-0
HB Torshavn vs Linfield 2-2
Dundela vs Linfield
Rosenborg vs Linfield 4-0
Portstewart vs Linfield 0-3
Sutjeska’s next game is on Saturday, at Zeta (Montenegro championship). Same day, Linfield will be hosting Institute (Northern Ireland championship).
Sutjeska vs Linfield: Head to head Stats
No history between these two.
Sutjeska vs Linfield: Prediction
The hosts are considered relatively clear favorites to win the game. I don’t trust them though.
Sutjeska vs Linfield: Betting Tips
“Under 2.5 goals”, at 1.75, is a bet I like in this game. “Under 1.5” pays 3.15. I expect Linfield to prove super tough nuts to break, and I won’t be surprised if they earn a – goalless – draw.