Prediction for Odd (Nor) – Ballymena (Nir)
Over 3.5 goals @ 1.74
Odds BK and Ballymena United are in action at Skagerak Arena in a game for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (1st Qualifying Round). These two teams have never faced before, so this will be their first direct confrontation. In this match the factor home can be decisive, since Ballymena United presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
The home team will make their debut in this edition of the UEFA Europa League with the intention of achieving a positive result, taking advantage of the home factor. This is a team little affected by the home factor, that is, presents similar results at home and abroad, as in the last 30 games has 7 wins, 2 draws and 6 losses as a visitor, with 28 goals scored and 20 suffered; Against 10 wins, 2 draws and 3 defeats in his stadium, with 31 goals scored and 15 conceded. In the last game that disputed, for the Eliteserien, lost with Aalesunds FK outside by (5-1). In his last 10 games at home the BK Odds recorded 7 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses. The defense has been strong and only suffered goals in 3 of the last 10 matches, and his attack has scored regularly, scoring goals in 7 of the last 10 matches.
The Odd come to this day with a heavy defeat in the Aalesund by 5-1, adding the third consecutive game without winning in this competition: the only goal was scored by Zekhnini. Remember that the home team finished third in the previous championship, thus gaining access to this tie. In this match coach Dag-Eilev Fagermo should play in 4-3-3, privileging the possession of the ball and the organized attacks, mainly through the corridors. At the individual level, we highlight Finnish Riku Riski, a player who scored 2 goals and made 2 assists.
The visiting team will make its debut in this edition of the UEFA Europa League with the intention of conquering a positive result, taking advantage of the home factor. This is a stronger team with the support of his fans, since in the last 30 games he has 4 wins, 3 draws and 8 losses as a visitor; Against 9 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses in his stadium. The team arrives to this match after a victory at home with the Glenavon by (2-1). In the last 10 games played as a visitor for all competitions, Ballymena United won 3, tied 1 and lost 6. Their defense has not been very solid, having conceded goals in 9 of the last 10 matches, but their attack has marked Regularly, as he scored goals in 8 of the last 10 games. In their home games there is a tendency to have goals, as 44 of their last 48 matches have ended with over 1.5 goals and 32 in 48 have finished with over 2.5 goals. In 15 games, he suffered the first goal 9 times and only achieved 1 comeback.
Ballymena United had a very positive end of the season and very much because of that managed to conquer a place in these previous rounds of the Europa League. In this game as a visitor coach David Jeffrey should play against a strategy based on the counterattack, exploring the best way the space on the back of the opponent. Midfielder Cathair Friel was the highlight in last season with 18 goals scored in 35 games.
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