Sturm Graz vs Mladost Podgorica
2017/18 UEFA Europa League Qualification
Thursday, 13th July 2017
Kick-off at 19:30 UK / 20:30 CET
Venue: Merkur-Arena, Graz.
The Austrian Bundesliga side Sturm Graz commences their UEFA journey against the Montenegrin side Mladost Podgorica. The hosts are a huge favorite in the forthcoming tie and anything less than a victory at Merkur Arena would be a stunning result for the small team such as visitors.
The hosts prepared for the upcoming period through several club friendly matches. At first, they met semi-amateur sides SC Bruck and Holzhacker. They won both matches whilst putting 15 in the second match, which is only great for boosting the younger players’ confidence.
After the two easy duels, they faced Hungarian Vasas who beat them 4-3. Vasas are also Europa League contender, so the Austrians can learn a lot from that defeat. Three days after, Sturm beat CSKA Moscow with 2-1 which was their best result of the preparation period.
Afterward, they drew FC Copenhagen 1-1 and unfortunately, the team from Graz concluded their friendly sequence with a loss inflicted by Mlada Boleslav.
The Montenegrins had to play in the first round of UEFA Europa League qualifying stages and luckily, they were drawn with an easy opponent. They beat Armenian Gandzasar both on the home turf and on the road for the combined result of 4-0.
Mladost are aware that their chances against Sturm aren’t high, so they are traveling to Austria without pressure and in search for a miracle.
Sturm Graz vs Mladost Podgorica: Head-to-head
The two sides will meet for the first time. The second leg will be played a week later at Gradski Stadion Podgorica.
Sturm Graz vs Mladost Podgorica: Prediction
Sturm’s preparations didn’t go as they hoped. However, they are facing relatively weak team, so it’s still a solid chance for acquiring the desired form as more difficult challenges approach.
Sturm Graz vs Mladost Podgorica: Bet Tips
The first bet will be Both Teams to score at the odds of 2.05 with Unibet.
If you prefer higher risk and reward you can go Over 3.5 goals at the odds of 2.26 with Pinnacle.