Vikingur Reykjavik vs The New Saints
Europa Conference League Qualification
Date: Thursday, 21 July 2022
Kick-off at 20:30 UK / 21:30 CET
Vikingur Reykjavik from Iceland will play host to the Welsh The New Saints in a match of their first-leg of Europa Conference League Qualification – quarter finals. These two sides will be seen battling it out at Víkingsvöllur, this Thursday hoping to advance into the semis.
Vikingur Reykjavik has won 6 Championship titles, 5 First Division titles and 3 Cup titles. They are currently second in this season’s Besta-deild Karla, winning the last 6 games in a row. The side entered in the preliminary round, in which they hammered Levadia Tallinn by 6-1 and beat Inter Club d’Escaldes by 1-0.
The Icelandic champions then faced Malmo and, despite being big underdogs, only went out 6-5 on aggregate. They now come here on the back of a 3-0 Urvalsdeild win over FH. Reykjavik have been on a persistent run of goal-scoring form, hitting the target in all of their last 6 matches.
On the other side, The New Saints are the most successful club in the Welsh league structure with 14 league titles to their name. They won the Wales top-tier league last season with a lead of 21 points. The visitors also won the Wales FA Cup by 3-2 margin against Penybont the same time.
The Welsh side were edged out by Linfield in extremely dramatic circumstances in the Champions League qualifiers. TNS won by 1-0 at home only to concede a 94th minute screamer in Belfast before the Northern Irish champions won the tie in extra time. The number of goals they’ve conceded stand just 4 from their last 6 outings combined.
Both these sides had never crossed paths each other in a tournament and this will be their first ever encounter.
Vikingur Reykjavik vs The New Saints Prediction
Both sides have already been knocked out of Champions League qualifying already, so they both need to grasp this second opportunity.
Reykjavik remain unbeaten in their last 3 home games and they lost just once from their last 12 games played across various competitions. Having already shown their quality on the continent this season, they’ll be confident of getting through.
Meanwhile, TNS lost their last 2 away games in a row by 2-0 scoreline. The Welsh champions’ best run in Europe came 12 years ago, winning just 8 of their last 25 ties.
Considering their current form at home, we feel that a win for Reykjavik is up for cards.
Vikingur Reykjavik vs The New Saints Betting tips
Reykjavik to win @ 1.65 odds.
Under 2.5 goals @ 1.88 odds.