La Fiorita vs Linfield
2017/18 UEFA Champions League Qualifiers
Date: Tuesday, 4th July 2017
Kick off at 19:30 UK/ 20:30 CET
Venue: Stadio Olimpico di Serravalle.
Even though Linfield were massive favourites to remove all doubts in the first leg, they have only managed to get a one-goal advantage ahead of the trip to San Marino.
The best team in history of Northern Irish football struggled a lot to break the deadlock which as the opener and the only goal of the game came in the 89th minute when the substitute Jordan Stewart secured at least some sort of advantage for the team led by David Healy.
La Fiorita, who won the title in San Marino after a three-year break, showed quite a decent defensive display in the first match in Belfast.
Nicola Berradi’s men used to only be the passengers in European competitions over the last couple of years which should not be surprising if we know that they are entirely an amateur team.
La Fiorita lost each of their ten qualifying matches in European competitions with the total goal differential of 2-35 before they were a minute away from snatching their first draw last Wednesday.
Linfield also rarely pass their first obstacles in UEFA’s competitions, but the draw gave them the easiest of the rivals in this term of Champions League.
Healy’s side thus has a huge opportunity to secure two games with Celtic in the second round and there are no doubts that they will be super motivated to avoid any complications in the second leg on Tuesday evening.
La Fiorita vs Linfield: Head to head
Linfield were in full control of the first leg, but they just failed to take advantage of their chances.
La Fiorita, who bagged no more than two goals in ten qualifying matches in European competitions, were nowhere near scoring in Belfast and we thus must see the value in backing the Northern Irish champions to keep a clean sheet in the second leg as well at the odds of 4/5.
La Fiorita vs Linfield: Prediction
The gulf in quality should be more expressed in the rematch because Linfield managed to get the wanted goal and put the pressure on the hosts.
La Fiorita vs Linfield: Bet Tips
The main betting prediction will be HT/FT – Linfield/Linfield for 2.25 odds with Bet365
The second pick is Linfield to keep a clean sheet at the odds of 1.80 odds.