FC Santa Coloma vs Alashkert
2017/18 UEFA Champions League Qualifiers
Date: Tuesday, 4th July 2017
Kick off at 19:30 UK/ 20:30 CET
Venue: Estadi Comunal d’Andorra la Vella.
Alashkert were in complete charge of the match in the first leg, but they will travel to Andorra la Vella with only a single goal advantage as they failed to convert numerous goal scoring chances in front of the opponents’ net.
The Armenian champions are still massive favourites to go through, but the hosts certainly see their chances for upset after a positive result from the first leg in Yerevan.
FC Santa Coloma
The hosts took their ninth title in the top flight of the Andorran football with a four-point advantage ahead of Santa Julia at the end of the season.
Six of their players are members of the Andorran national team. Three of them were starters in a shocking victory over Hungary in European WC Qualifications earlier in the year.
The main problem for the manager Richard Imbernan is the fact that his star men are well over 30-year-old which might prove out to be a crucial factor in the rematch with Alashkert.
The visitors are a much stronger squad without doubts and we expect them to confirm it in the second leg as well.
They showed a decent defensive form in pre-season friendlies against Russian teams of Luch Energia (2-1) and Shinnik (2-0).
FC Santa Coloma vs Alashkert: Head to head
Interestingly, the two teams met each other in the first qualifying round of Champions League last year when the Armenians went through after a demolishing 3-0 win in front of their fans. The first leg in Andorra la Vella saw a goalless draw.
As we stated in the introduction, Alashkert completely dominated the pitch in the first leg and we expect them to do the same in the rematch.
FC Santa Coloma vs Alashkert: Prediction
It will be very interesting to see the attacking display from FC Santa Coloma who will need to chase a goal to level things in the tie.
Such approach should make the job easier for the Armenians to cause damage in the final third and we expect them to confirm the quality and clinch the win in the second leg as well.
FC Santa Coloma vs Alashkert: Bet Tips
The top betting option will be Alashkert to win the match at the odds of 1.68 with Pinnacle.
You can alternatively take Alashkert to win to nil at 2.75.