Crusaders vs Olimpija Ljubljana
UEFA Europa League Qualifiers
Date: Thursday, 2nd August 2018
Kick-off: 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Seaview (Belfast).
The second leg of Crusaders vs Olimpija Ljubljana is a dead rubber after the Slovenians run riot with a 5-1 win in the first leg.
The Northern Irish side Crusaders had only won a handful of games in their European history and are once again huge underdogs despite having the home advantage in the second leg.
Olimpija Ljubljana are not the best amongst the travelling sides, but anything less than a solid win against a sides like Crusaders will shatter their morale going forward.
Knowing this, an away win is the most probable outcome here and brave punters must not hesitate to back the club from Slovenia on handicaps for small stakes.
Crusaders vs Olimpija Ljubljana Betting Tips
- FT – Ljubljana win @ 1.72 on large stakes.
- Over 2.5 goals for 1.70 odds on medium stakes.
- Ljubljana -1.5 Asian Handicap for 2.90 odds on small stakes.
Crusaders vs Olimpija Ljubljana: Head-to-head
The two outfits did not play each other prior to the reverse of the corresponding Europa League qualifying fixture.
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Olimpija offered a strong resistance to the likes of Qarabag in the Champions league first qualifying round, but they just could not break the Azerbaijani champions down to suffer a narrow elimination, losing 0-1 on aggregate.
They will continue the European journey in the second strongest continental competition where their first hurdle comes in the likes of Northern Irish Premiership holders Crusaders.
Unlike the Slovenians, Stephen Baxter’s men experienced a true disaster in their UCL affair. They lost 0-9 on aggregate to Bulgarian Ludogorets and they come into this tie as heavy underdogs as well.
Crusaders played Europa League football last year when they fell to Latvian Liepaja in spite of winning the first leg 3-1 at home. They lost 2-0 in the return fixture to get eliminated on the away goals rule.
The clash with Crusaders will finally provide an opportunity for Olimpija to boost up their confidence in the final third.
The team has been struggling badly to create up front lately as they bagged no more than a single goal in last five matches, including pre-season friendlies with Ferencvaros and Al Ahly. They also lost the opening fixture of the new 1. SNL campaign 2-0 away at Gorica at the weekend.
The season in Northern Irish Premiership is only to begin in two weeks as Crusaders’ players do not look to be ready for the highest level challenges from the fitness perspective. The gulf in quality between the two teams is just massive and we can hardly see the visitors avoiding a disaster against a highly-motivated and much stronger opposition here.