Karpaty vs Oleksandria
Ukraine – Premier League
Date: Sunday, 22 July 2018
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: Stadion Ukrajina, L’viv.
Karpaty will begin the new Premier League campaign with the home tie against Oleksandria on Sunday. The two sides battled each other in the Relegation Round in the previous term, finishing the campaign at the top two positions there. Oleksandria were ruthless back then as they ended the season eight points clear off Karpaty in the second place of the Relegation Round standings. Obviously, none of these two sides came any close to the drop zone.
Karpaty decided to boost up the confidence with wins over less-popular opponents in the off-season. We are about to see if the strategy will work out here as thy successfully did the job winning each of last three tests.
Their counterparts also showed decent displays against much stronger rivals such as Anorthosis and Levski Sofia (both of which feature Europa League qualifications). They proved out to be very tough to break down along the way as none of five opponents thy faced managed to score two or more goals.
Karpaty vs FC Olexandria Head-to-head
Karpaty have a poor record in the history of H2H matches with Oleksandria.
The hosts won just 1 of 11 head to head encounters.
Ten remaining saw five draws and Oleksandria wins apiece.
Oleksandria won two and drew two of last four matches against Karpaty.
Karpaty vs FC Olexandria Prediction
Both teams managed to get hold off their key figures from the last season. Oleh Boychyshyn will thus be able to count in both Marian Shved and Jorge Carrascal who signed a permanent Karpaty deal worth €2m this summer. Oleksandria did sell an important right midfielder Sergiy Starenkiy to new Premier League members Desna, but they kept Vasiliy Krytsuk in the centre of the park.
We expect a close encounter which is to be decided by one or none goals. Both teams were very tough to break down in the off-season period which is why we would not be surprised to see this one finishing in a goalless draw. Under 2.5 goals FT is definitely the best of the betting options here.
Karpaty vs FC Olexandria Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.53
Draw @ 3.00.