Zorya vs Ostersunds FK
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 14 September 2017
Kick-off: 21:05 CET
Finishing third in last season’s Ukraine Premier League, meant that Zorya wouldn’t need to go through qualifiers, they earned a direct ticket to the Europa League group stage, where they competed last season as well. Back then, they didn’t make it to the last 32, having big teams in their group, Manchester United, Fenerbahce and Feyenoord. Last weekend they lost 3-1 at Shakhtar Donetsk, they have picked up just eight points from eight matches so far this season in Ukraine’s championship, and are currently sitting 7th in the table.
Someone could write a… book about Ostersunds FK’s accomplishments in the Europa League qualifiers this summer. First, they shocked Europe by eliminating Turkish giants Galatasaray, beating them 2-0 in Sweden and drawing 1-1 in Istanbul(!). Next, they beat Fola Esch (from Luxembourg) twice, 1-0 and 2-1, looking as serious as needed to avoid falling victims to a surprise themselves. Last, came the playoffs, against PAOK Salonica. Someone could claim that the Greek side is not as big as Galatasaray, but if you think about it, their failure against Ostersunds FK was bigger than that of Galatasaray, because… they had been warned, they knew what the Swedish team had done against Galata. The Swedes lost 3-1 in Thessaloniki, they were lucky not to lose by a bigger score, and in the second half back home they scored twice, to kick PAOK out of the competition, writing history for themselves. Last weekend they beat Eskilstuna 3-0 at home, but still they are only 6th in Sweden’s championship.
Previous 5 matches:
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Zorya 3-1
Zorya vs Mariupol 2-3
Zorya vs Chornomorets 5-0
Zirka vs Zorya 2-1
Veres vs Zorya 0-1
Ostersunds FK vs Eskilstuna 3-0
Norrkoping vs Ostersunds FK 0-2
Ostersunds FK vs PAOK Salonica 2-0
Ostersunds FK vs AIK 0-3
PAOK Salonica vs Ostersunds FK 3-1
Zorya’s next game is on Sunday, at home, against Karpaty Lviv (Ukraine Premier League). Same day, Ostersunds FK will be visiting Sirius (Sweden championship).
Zorya vs Ostersunds FK: Head to head Stats
This is the first game ever between these two.
Zorya vs Ostersunds FK: Prediction
Important detail, the game is held in Lviv, western Ukraine, not in Luhansk, Zorya’s real home, which has been… off-limits ever since the armed conflict in Ukraine started, long time ago. Zorya are considered clear favorites to win, but I really fancy Ostersunds’ chances, given that at this point they play with admirable self-confidence.
Zorya vs Ostersunds FK: Betting Tips
Zorya’s win is at 1.85 betting odds, Ostersunds’ double chance pays 1.91, and I have little doubt suggesting the latter, expecting the visitors to earn at least a draw.
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