FC Utrecht vs Valletta
UEFA Europa League Qualification
Date: Thursday, 20th July 2017
Kick-off at 18:30 UK / 19:30 CET
Venue: Mandemakers Stadion, Waalwijk.
Surprisingly, the Maltese side has an active result after the goalless draw in the first leg. The Eredivisie team is expected to finish the job in the first leg in Holland, but Valletta won’t fly the white flag for sure.
The home team is struggling in the preseason already. Utrecht won only one game so far, against semi-amateur team Jodan Boys. That was their first friendly game and since then, they are winless with only two goals scored in five matches. Shameful results continued after the draw on Malta as Utrecht only drew Meppen 1-1.
The Dutch football is already in the decline both the league and the national team, so Utrecht are under huge pressure. Also, they are unable to play on their home turf.
Valletta were impressive in the first match. They didn’t hold back, they attacked when they had a chance while having more ball possession. The Maltese were underestimated by Utrecht in the first leg, but the real test is yet to come.
FC Utrecht vs Valletta: Head-to-head
The last week’s duel was first between the two sides. The first half was slow and uneventful, but the second half saw a lot more action, particularly when it comes to discipline – the referee had shown 7 yellow cards combined.
FC Utrecht vs Valletta: Prediction
As previously mentioned, FC Utrecht are finding themselves under a lot of pressure. Valletta have shown they can cope with the Dutch, so they will hope for a draw, especially the result of 1-1 would favor the Maltese due to away goals rule.
Replicating the first half of the first match is in Popovic’s mind, but Valletta’s manager is aware of the risks. Most likely, one goal will decide the outcome in Waalwijk.
FC Utrecht vs Valletta: Bet Tips
The first bet will be Under 3.25 goals at the odds of 1.74.
If you prefer higher risk and reward you can go for Valletta +2 Asian Handicap at the odds of 2.40.