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The New Saints and Shkendija meet at Park Hall Stadium, in a return match for this phase of the UEFA Champions League (1st Qualifying Round), after the victory at home by Shkendija by (5-0) in the match of Going. In this game the home factor may be decisive, since the Shkendija presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
The New Saints:
The home team comes to this second leg with a disadvantage of 5 goals, in addition to the disadvantage of not scoring goals as a visitor in the first leg. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive level in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 10 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses as a visitor; against 10 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses at their stadium. In the last 10 home matches The New Saints has won 7, tied 1 and lost 2. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 21 of the last 24 matches have ended with Over 1,5 goals and 18 out of 24 have ended with Over 2,5 goals.
The local team, The New Saints, comes to this game with a heavy defeat in the field of Shkendija, 5-0, starting in the worst way this 1st round of the Champions League. Despite this defeat, coach Scott Ruscoe must play in 4-3-2-1, privileging possession of the ball and organized attacks: Redmond, the team’s 10th jersey, is one of those responsible for creating the offensive process. However, it must be emphasized that The New Saints has some gaps in the defensive transition and in the defensive set pieces. In this game the local coach must play with the same starting eleven of the last game.
The away team comes to this second leg with an advantage of 5 goals, but suffered 0 goals at home in the first leg. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 5 draws and 5 losses in away matches; against 9 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses at their stadium. In the last 6 away matches Shkendija has won 2, tied 2 and lost 2. The team has conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, so their defense needs to improve, but their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches.
The whole of Shkendija leaves for this according to motivated party, after to have conquered an enormous victory on the TNS, by 5-0: the goals were marked by Ibraimi (4) and Emini. The team guided by Qatip Osmani presents some qualities, with well-organized plays, using the flanks to create danger: Stenio Junior and Radeski are very fast and exempt in the counterattack. In addition, we also highlight the quality in the completion of the Ibraimi striker. Everything indicates that the visiting coach can count on all the players at his disposal.
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