Irtysh Pavlodar vs Red Star Belgrade
2017/18 UEFA Europa League Qualification
Thursday, 13th July 2017
Kick-off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: Centralnyj Stadion, Pavlodar.
The bookmakers made a huge mistake when they opened the odds for this match – they set the visitors as the favorites. Even without the circumstances that will be mentioned, Crvena Zvezda can’t be labeled as a favorite with the football they are displaying at the moment.
Pavlodar’s main advantage is that they are in the competitive form since their domestic league is underway. However, tight schedule certainly influenced the hosts, so they might show fatigue in the tie with the Serbs, especially in the second leg in Belgrade.
In the first round of qualifying stages, Irtysh outclassed Bulgarian Dunav Ruse with 3-0 on aggregate, winning both in Kazakhstan and in Bulgaria.
Also, the hosts will have two Serbian players in their squad – Zivkovic and Maslac. Both played the important role in the triumph over Dunav Ruse.
FK Crvena Zvezda
The visitors are having their annual European déjà vu – the aspirations are skyrocketing, but quickly it becomes very clear that Red Star is far from European level. The team that conceded three cheap goals against Maltese side has nothing to look for in the second-best European club competition.
Crvena Zvezda might have massive problems outside of the pitch. UEFA punished Serbian vice-champions by closing the gates in the rematch in Belgrade. Famous Northern curve will be unavailable for the fans that are iconic – they create awe-inspiring atmosphere, particularly in the UEFA outings, so unless anything changes, Crvena Zvezda will suffer a huge blow.
However, Zvezda’s woes continue. Richmond Boakye (absolute top scorer of the team), Gelor Kanga (the most creative player, haven’t had much playtime recently due to disputes with the management although he will probably stay), Frimpong and Ruiz might miss the first leg in Kazakhstan due to visa problems.
Irtysh Pavlodar vs Red Star Belgrade: Head-to-head
The two sides will meet for the first time. Back in 2015 season, Crvena Zvezda faced Kairat Almaty who outclassed them in both Europa League qualifying matches.
Irtysh Pavlodar vs Red Star Belgrade: Prediction
The hosts will have another advantage in the first leg – their artificial turf. If Zvezda’s international players are unable to play definitely, their chances of progressing will be vastly reduced. Also, the fact that huge chunk of supporters will be unable to attend in the rematch is another problem for the Serbian team.
Irtysh Pavlodar vs Red Star Belgrade: Bet Tips
The first bet will be Irtysh Pavlodar +0 Asian Handicap at the odds of 2.08 with Bet365.
If you prefer higher risk and reward you can go for Irtysh Pavlodar to Qualify for the odds of 3.25.