Rigas FS vs Linfield
UEFA Europa Conference League Qualification
Date: 18 August 2022, Thursday
Kick-off at 18:00 UK / 19:00 CET
Venue: Daugavas Stadiona (Riga).
Rigas FS and Linfield will have a great opportunity to make it to the group stage of a European competition.
These two teams who have never entered the groups of any continental competition will come across each other over two legs in the next seven days.
The first is scheduled for Thursday in Latvia where Rigas FS will be enjoying their maiden appearance in the playoffs round of a European competition.
Obviously, the draw could have hardly been better for both teams who see their chance of getting through past one another.
It is interesting to note that the bookmakers see Rigas FS as pretty big favorites in this first leg although Linfield have had somewhat better results in the continental competitions over the last several years.
The Northern Irish champions eliminated TNS in the opening round of the UEFA Champions League qualifiers this year before being brutally beaten by the likes of Bodo/Glimt (1-8 on aggregate) and Zurich (0-5 on aggregate) in the second and the third qualifying rounds of Champions League and Europa League respectively.
Rigas FS, on the other side, showed some quality by pushing HJK to penalties at the start of the Champions League qualifying campaign.
They then faced Maltese side Hibernians in the third qualifying round for Conference League, beating them 4-2 on aggregate thanks to a 1-3 win in the second leg on the road.
It is, however, worth noting that Rigas FS have significantly halted their push for the domestic title with the 2-3 home defeat to the rock-bottomed Super Nova earlier this month.
Can Linfield take advantage of their defensive holes and get a positive result on Thursday on Latvian soil?
Rigas FS vs Linfield Head-to-head
- These two outfits did not have an opportunity to lock horns in the past.
Rigas FS vs Linfield Prediction
Rigas FS have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of the last four matches despite facing the likes of Hibernians (twice), Super Nova, and Tukums in the process. On the other side, Linfield have just started the new season in the Northern Irish Premiership with an impressive 4-0 victory over Portadown on Sunday.
We struggle to see the value in backing the home win at the 1.65 odds. Instead, you can chase the stalemate at the much more attractive 3.60 odds. The Both Teams To Score pick is also worth backing at the attractive 2.20 odds.
Rigas FS vs Linfield Betting Tips
Draw @ 3.60 (13/5)
Both Teams To Score @ 2.20 (6/5) odd.