Sarpsborg vs St. Gallen
UEFA Europa League Qualifiers
Date: Thursday, 2nd August 2018
Kick-off: 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Sarpsborg Stadion.
St. Gallen fought after falling behind and losing a player through red card within 5 minutes from kick-off to bag a 2-1 win against Sarpsborg last week.
The Swiss side were favourites to win back then and this time start the fixture as even favourites.
Sarpsborg are made their debut in Europe last week after bursting into the top half of Norwegian Eliteserien table’s last season.
The Norwegians haven’t replicated the same sort of form this season, still remain a tricky customer to negotiate at their own backyard.
St. Gallen are not the best travelers, yet come with a reputation of a free scoring team.
Sarpsborg’s strength is also their attacking front, we are poised to watch a goal-fest when these two teams meet again this Thursday.
Sarpsborg vs St. Gallen Betting Tips
Both teams to Score at the odds of 1.77
Sarpsborg to win at 2.55.
Sarpsborg vs St. Gallen Match Preview
St. Gallen somehow managed to snatch the fifth position in Super League last term in spite of having a dreadful campaign in the finish of the season. They made it to Europa League for the first time in five years and they are about to kick off their continental adventure on Thursday evening, hosting Norwegian Sarpsborg 08.
The visitors had to play the first qualifying round to get here, but matches against Icelandic IBV only helped them boost up the confidence as the Norwegian outfit stormed past neighbours 6-0 on aggregate over two legs. They should be in advantage over St. Gallen for being midway through the season in their domestic league.
Geir Bakke’s men got off to a somewhat slower start to the new Eliteserien campaign, but recent win over the fourth-placed Ranheim saw them climb up to sixth in the league ladder.
St. Gallen The hosts will also come into the tie in high spirits after making a dream start to the new Super League season at the weekend. They dispatched Swiss giants and last term’s runners-up Basel 1-2 on the road to make a shock right at the start of the new season.
The head coach Peter Zeidler just knows how important such win is for team’s confidence and momentum ahead of the first European game since 2013. Before the Basel win, St. Gallen drew 1-1 to the English Premier League outfit Brighton & Hove Albion in the final off-season check which also confirms team’s strength at this stage.