Cliftonville vs Haugesund
Europa League Qualification
Date: Thursday, 11 July 2019
Kick off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Solitude (Belfast).
The hosts made into the round of sixteen in style by whopping their previous opponents Barry in the qualifiers by a 4-0 scoreline. With their away leg finishing in a stalemate, the pressure was on the home side to not concede an away goal.
The squad certainly rose to the occasion by not only keeping a clean sheet but also by getting four different players on the score sheet to hand them the win. The match was certainly one-sided in terms of ball possession and the number of shots that were on target.
The team managed to restrict their opponents from making not more than five attempts at goal, while they took the liberty of taking eighteen attempts of their own at the other end.
The visitors, on the other hand, saw out a frustrating stalemate against Viking in the league last week. They failed to keep a hold of the ball for most of the time in that game, and their only three shots on target just could not beat the goalkeeper. The squad’s bitterness soon snowballed into aggression, with four players making into the referee’s book.
We can certainly expect the clash between the two sides to be an exciting one. The winners over the two legs will be competing agaisnt Sturm Graz in the quarterfinals.
Cliftonville vs Haugesund Head to head (h2h)
The teams have not previously met each other in any competition.
Cliftonville vs Haugesund Prediction
The visitors are likely to come out on top in the maiden fixture between the two teams at the Solitude on Thursday.
The home team had their scoring boots on in their last five competitive games on home soil and scored four goals in their previous tie alone. However, they could not find a goal by the end of regulation time in two of their last three matches, which certainly shows that they have not been consistent in putting up a win worthy performance.
The visitors failed to find the back of the net just once in their last five fixtures, while all the other four have seen more than three goals at the end of the ninety minutes.
We can certainly expect a high scoring clash when the teams meet this week, with the win likely to swing in favor of the visitors at the last blast of the whistle.
Cliftonville vs Haugesund Betting tips
Haugesund to win @ 1.66 (4/6)
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.70 (7/10).