NK Celje vs Dundalk
Champions League 2020/21 (First qualifying round)
Date: Wednesday, 19 August 2020
Kick-Off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Stadion Z’dezele.
The eight time champions of the Republic of Ireland are set to meet Slovenian giants Celje on Wednesday.
The home team made an impression in their domestic competition last season by winning the title for the first time. They were lucky enough to get a two point lead over then champions Maribor. So this will be their first taste of Champions League action.
Dundalk has been one of the most consistent teams in their domestic competitions. They are also the highest ranked Irish club in European football.
In comparison, Dundalk has more experience playing at this level as they have played against some of the big names like Ajax, Liverpool, Porto and many more.
NK Celje vs Dundalk: Head-to-head (h2h)
- This will be the first time these two will meet in a competitive game.
- The home team is on an eight game unbeaten run in all competitions.
- They have not lost any of their eight previous home fixtures in League and Cup.
NK Celje vs Dundalk: Prediction
The visitors have already suffered two defeats in the recently started Premier Division season. So they are currently winless in three league games which has adversely affected both their morale and chances of another consecutive title. The home team maybe new to the Champions League but they pack a good attacking unit which was the highest scoring one last season in Slovenia.
But the away side has more experience in playing among Europe’s best. They have a much better squad when compared to the newbie. Even though they have lost two away matches in the current league season, they are more than capable of progressing to the second round of qualifiers. So I am backing the away team to win and both teams to find the target.
NK Celje vs Dundalk: Betting Tips
Both teams to score @ 1.91 (10/11).
The away team to win @ 2.63 (13/8).