Spartak Trnava vs Olimpija
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 30 August 2018
Kick-Off at 19:30 UK / 20:30 CET
Venue: City Arena Trnava, Trnava.
A demolishing 0-3 defeat in the biggest Slovenian derby obviously left a major impact on Olimpija’s players who looked uninspired in the first leg of the play-offs tie with Spartak Trnava. The ten-man Slovakian champions walked away from Ljubljana with a massive 0-2 victory even though Martin Toth got sent off at the half-hour mark.
Knowing how soli at the back Trnava were in the Champions League qualifications, we can almost call it a closed tie ahead of the rematch at City Arena. The Slovakian champions conceded just two goals in opening two UCL rounds against Zrinjski and Legia Warsaw before Red Star Belgrade edged past them only after the extra-time goal in the third qualifying round.
Olimpija finished their Champions League adventure earlier, failing to find the back of the net in two legs against Azerbaijani Qarabag, but they offered two scintillating performances against Finnish champions HJK, destroying them 7-1 on aggregate to book a place in the Europa League play-offs.
Spartak Trnava vs Olimpija: Head-to-head
The match played last week at Stadion Stozice was the first ever head to head encounter between the two teams.
Olimpija disappointed heavily back then, failing to score a goal against a ten-man opposition.
Marek Bakos converted the penalty to put Trnava ahead halfway through the first half, while Olimpija’s keeper Branko Ilic doubled the Slovakians’ lead with an own goal ten minutes before the interval.
Spartak Trnava vs Olimpija: Prediction
Olimpija need a miracle to qualify. The hosts, who kept three straight clean sheets across competitions, will stay at the back and try and keep things tight there. Knowing about Olimpija’s struggles for goals in recent European adventures (expect for the HJK tie), we have to say the Under 2.5 goals FT looks to be the best of the betting options here. You can go for it at the 1.66 odds.
The draw at the half time does not seem to be a bad call either as we only expect the visitors to take more risk after the break. You can also back a goalless first half at 2.50.
Spartak Trnava vs Olimpija: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.66
Under 0.5 goals in the first half @ 2.50.