Balzan FC vs Keshla
Europa League Qualifying
Date: Thursday 12th July 2018
Kick off at 17:00 UK/ 18:00 CET
Venue: St Aloysius’ College (Malta).
Malteste side Balzan will take on Azerbaijan team Keshla and the first leg of this Europa League tie will take place at Balzan’s tiny ground in Malta.
The betting market for these two clubs is very close and they can’t really be split. However many believe that over the two legs Keshla are in the better position to qualify and that playing away in the first leg could work to their advantage.
Both clubs have been at this stages many times before and suffered first round exits so these two games should be interesting given that one team is guaranteed to go through to the second round qualifying.
The reality though is that both teams are of a poor standard and nobody expects them to be able to enter the Europa League proper, but at this stage both teams can at least hope for the best.
The Maltese league does not start until the middle of next month and so Balzan will be playing their first competitive games of the season in this match.
It is the same situation in Azerbaijan where Keshla has not played since May, but they will hope to continue some form, as they finished their last 3 games of the season all with wins.
Balzan vs Keshla: Head to Head
These two teams have not previously met before.
Balzan vs Keshla: Prediction
This game is very close to call and our main bet for this will be to see the draw at half time. We will also opt to see under 2.5 goals at full time. We expect this game to open up more in the 2nd leg as both teams will be rusty after having not played a competitive game for two months.
Balzan vs Keshla: Bet Tips
Half time result: A draw at 2.00
Under 2.5 goals at 1.70.