Crusaders vs Magpies
Europa Conference League Qualification
Date: Thursday, 14 July 2022
Kick-off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Crusaders play host to Magpies in a match of their second-leg of Europa Conference League Qualification. Having an impressive lead in the first-leg, the Gibraltar side will be keen to hold onto that while battling it out with the Northern Irish side at Seaview, this Thursday.
A week ago, Bruno’s Magpies cruised to a surprising 2-1 home victory with the help of Dan Bent and Juan Pablo Pereira scoring either side of the interval. However, Jordan Forsythe did pull one back in the second half for Crusaders, keeping the first-leg not to end in a one-sided affair.
Crusaders side is under the management of Stephen Baxter and they will be expected to emulate their most recent season in Europe in 2019/20 when they defeated B36 Torshavn in the first qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League before being beaten by the Premier League Wolves.
The hosts have been on a persistent run of goal-scoring form, netting in each and every one of their last 6 games. They’ve claimed a sum of 12 during that time while seeing the number of goals scored against them stand at 11.
On the other side, this is the first-ever tie for the Magpies in UEFA competition, so they’re looking to turn a dream debut into a victory over two legs. They will be known as FC Magpies for this UEFA Europa Conference League campaign.
It is the first ever season in UEFA competition for the home team after they finished fourth in the Gibraltar National League last season.
Crusaders vs Magpies Head-to-head (h2h)
- They met just once in the reverse fixture where a 2-1 win was secured by Magpies.
Crusaders vs Magpies Prediction
Crusaders have actually only won 3 of 22 European ties, beating Ekranas in 2014, Levadia in 2015 and B36 Torshavn in 2019. But they are currently on a 4-game winless run at home. The side have been on a consistent run of form, netting in each and every one of their last 6 games.
Meanwhile, Magpies who has a narrow goal-lead could opt for a defensive side while visiting Seaview. And that ‘s when the experienced home side could exploit. The visiting side even lost their last away match by 1-2 against Lincoln in a cup competition.
We therefore feel that Crusaders could turn things around this Thursday.
Crusaders vs Magpies Betting tips
Crusaders to win @ 1.45 odds.
Under 2.5 goals @ 2.20 odds.