St. Patrick’s Athletic vs Norrkoping
Europa League Qualification
Date: Thursday, 11 July 2019
Kick off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Richmond Park (Dublin).
The home side are currently fourth in the league with thirty-seven points and will be welcoming the visitors on the back of a 2-1 win against Waterford.
However, the squad succumbed to a 2-0 defeat in their last game on home soil which was against Shamrock Rovers. Despite making eleven attempts at goal, they managed not more than one shot on target, while their opponents made the goalkeeper work on five occasions in their fourteen shots at goal.
They also failed to keep a hold of the majority share in possession in that fixture and will have to put on a much better performance this week if they are to restrict the Swedish side from walking away with a win.
The visitors have been on an impressive run of form in their last few trips on the road, and are unbeaten in their last seven away games in the league. Their most recent away tie against Stockholm ended in a 2-0 win in their favor, with Christoffer Nyman bagging a brace for his side.
The team took thirteen attempts at goal, six of which were on target, and finished the game with slightly lesser time on the ball than their foes.
The team that emerges victorious, at the end of the two legs, will lock horns with the winners of the fixture between Din. Minsk and FK Liepaja in the quarterfinals.
St. Patrick’s Athletic vs Norrkoping Head to head (h2h)
The teams have not previously clashed with each other on any occasion.
St. Patrick’s Athletic vs Norrkoping Prediction
The first-ever meeting between the two sides on Thursday is likely to see the visitors take the win.
The last five away games have seen the visiting side score eight goals while conceding just three. The squad have also recorded three clean sheets in the process which certainly indicates that they are have been quite sound in the defensive third.
The home side saw their four-match unbeaten streak at home come to an end after they lost against Shamrock Rovers in their previous fixture at home. They have not been convincing in their recent games either, and have failed to score more than one goal in each of their last five ties.
The visitors have been consistent in finding the back of the net at least once in the opening forty-five minutes of their last five games. We can certainly expect them to get off the mark before the break and quite possibly take the win at the end of the ninety minutes.
St. Patrick’s Athletic vs Norrkoping Betting tips
Norrkoping to win @ 1.60 (3/5)
Visitors to score in first half @ 1.70 (7/10).