Aron Wright - July 17, 2018
Osijek vs Petrocub
Europa League First qualifying round
Date: Thursday, 19 July 2018
Kick-Off at 19:15 UK / 20:15 CET
Venue: Stadion Gradski vrt (Osijek).
It ended all square when Osijek and Petrocub met for the first time in a competitive match last week. Osijek started as favorites for sure, but Petrocub made a strong statement and showed they are no pushovers, despite only making their first ever appearance in a Europa League qualifier.
The odds are too short on Osijek to grab a home win on Thursday, but we strongly feel that Petrocub are a side with no pressure and therefore play with more freedom.
In short, this has the making on an interesting contest or simply an entertaining football match.
The reverse of the corresponding fixture ended in a 1-1 stalemate is the lone meeting between Osijek and Petrocub.
This is a tight one to call and the final result can go either ways.
Osijek, without a doubt, are equipped with a better quality side and have the experience at this level, having played at the qualifiers in six previous seasons.
The Croatian club’s home record stands out as they were beaten just thrice since making the debut in 1998. They picked up an impressive 9 wins from 14 games during the period and drew twice.
Petrocub are making their debut and they have no complains on how things went at their first outing.
The Moldovan football club from Sarata-Galbena are expected to play out their hearts out in the away leg and even if they lose, it will be by the slimmest of the margins.
Thus, both teams score and handicap bets come into play for this Europa League qualification fixture on Thursday night.