FK Liepaja vs Hacken
UEFA Europa League Qualifiers
Date: Thursday, 12 July 2018
Kick-Off at 17:05 UK
Venue: Stadions Daugava (Liepaja).
Latvian side FK Liepaja are going to take on Hacken in the first round of the Europa League qualifiers on Thursday afternoon.
Home side is having a good campaign as their national championship is in progress and they are sitting on the 3rd spot of the domestic table.
FK Liepaja are pretty far from challenging the title as they are nine points behind RFS who is sitting on the top of the table, however they are in a very good position of securing another participation in this competition next season.
The hosts have been in variable form lately as they booked three wins in the last five rounds. Tamaz Pertia’s side is the second most productive team in their league, while their defending could have been better.
After a three-week break in the domestic top flight, Hacken came back with a victory which is keeping them on the 8th spot. Although they are positioned in the middle of the table, they are not too far from the top five and the chance to challenge the Europa League spot once again.
But, in order to do that, Paulinho Guerreiro and the lads need to stabilize their form and do much better than the current two wins in the last five rounds. However, they are on a good track as the visitors are one of the tightest teams in the Swedish top tier.
Liepaja vs Hacken: Head-to-head
Since both sides haven’t participated too often in the continental competitions, they didn’t have the chance to face each other prior to this match. FK Liepaja took participation in European cups in the last three seasons, while Hacken had the chance to fight for the group stage five times in their history.
Liepaja vs Hacken: Prediction
The hosts are performing pretty fine this season, however Swedish championship is more reputable one and they’ll have a very hard task of proceeding to the next round. Hacken are favourites in this one and they should be able to secure an advantage from the first leg clash.
As the visitors are very good in the back, they are definitely able to provide another good defensive display. They are going to do enough to secure a good result while keeping this match under 2.5 margin so the crowd shouldn’t be able to enjoy many goals.
Liepaja vs Hacken: Bet Tips
- Away win @ 1.90
- Under 2.5 FT @ 1.70.