Valletta vs Kukesi
UEFA Champions League
Date: Tuesday, 17 July 2018
Kick-off at 17:00 UK/ 18:00 CET
Venue: Centenary Stadium (Ta’ Qali).
Valletta and Kukesi have everything to play for when they meet in the second leg of the Champions League qualifiers.
The first leg ended in a goal-less draw and it was a drab match by all means with chances far and few at either ends. Kukesi must believe that they have a tough road ahead as Valetta are a side with solid home record.
Valletta’s last competitive defeat date back to December 2017. And at home, they are unbeaten since April 2017, a streak of 18 games with 13 wins and 5 draws. On top of that, they conceded just 6 goals during the period.
The Albanian side Kukesi are going through a dip in form at the moment and come on the back of a 5 match win-less streak. Their away form is particularly poor having lost back-to-back games to the sides sitting at the foot of Albanian Super League.
Valletta vs Kukesi Head-to-head
The goal-less stalemate last week is the first ever competitive meeting between Valetta and Kukesi.
Valletta vs Kukesi Prediction
The form certainly looks good on Valletta as they come into this match on the back of a 18 match unbeaten run in all competitions. At home, they haven’t lost a match in over an year, this includes a proud goal-less draw against Utrecht in the Europa League qualifier last season.
Kukesi have been all over the places in recent weeks and they are win-less in five competitive games. A weak defense is another worry for the Albanian side, conceded 9 in 4 games before escaping with the 0-0 draw in the first leg of the corresponding fixture last week.
In this case, punters may not hesitate in backing a home win here. And surely, the Maltese side have the better experience of playing in qualifiers.
As Kukesi are struggling at the back, it will be a good idea to back over 2.5 goals as well.
Valletta vs Kukesi Bet tips
FT – Valletta to win @ 2.10 odd
Over 2.5 ft goals @ 2.56 odd.