Ventspils and Rosenborg meet at Olimpiskā centers Ventspils Stadionā, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (2nd Qualifying Round). There is no recent record of direct confrontations between these two teams, who have not played a game in the last 3 years. The last time they met was on 15‑10‑2003, in a match that ended with the final score: Rosenborg BK (6‑0) Ventspils. Attention to the home factor, since Ventspils tends to achieve different results at home and abroad.
The home team reaches this stage of the UEFA Europa League (2nd Qualifying Round) after having eliminated Dinamo ‑ Auto, after a (2‑1) home win in the previous tie. This is a stronger team with the support of its fans, since in the last 30 games it has recorded 2 wins, 2 draws and 11 losses as a visitor, with 7 goals scored and 20 suffered; against 9 victories, 4 draws and 2 defeats in his stadium, with 25 goals scored and 12 suffered. The team comes to this match after a home loss against Riga by (0‑2). In the last 10 home matches for all competitions, Ventspils won 6, tied 3 and lost 1. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 7 of the last 10 matches, so their defense needs to improve, But their attack has scored regularly, having scored goals in 7 of the last 10 games. In 15 games, they suffered the first goal 9 times and only managed 2 comebacks. In the last 11 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have conceded 4 of their 9 goals between minutes (61′ ‑ 75 ‘).
Ventspils come into this match after a 2-0 reception loss to Riga in a Latvian championship match. On the last day of the Europa League, the locals beat Dínamo-Auto 2-1. In this match against Rosenborg, one of Norway’s historic clubs, coach Viorel Frunza must adopt a strategy very similar to that of the last match, 4-3-3, favoring counterattacks: Kozlov is a very fast and skilled player in the transition from defense to attack. For this game the coach of the house can count on all his players.
The away team reaches this stage of the UEFA Europa League (2nd Qualifying Round) after a home win by (4‑2) against Breidablik. This is a team little affected by the home factor, that is, it presents similar results at home and away, since in the last 30 games it has registered 9 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses as a visitor, with 36 goals scored and 25 suffered; against 11 victories, 3 draws and 1 defeat in his stadium, with 32 goals scored and 13 suffered. In their last match, for the Eliteserien, they tied in an away match with Strømsgodset by (3‑3). In their last 10 away matches Rosenborg has recorded 5 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses. Their defense has not been very strong, as they have suffered goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored regularly, as they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 17 of the last 24 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 15 matches, they have conceded the first goal 5 times, but have come back in 2. In the last 9 home matches for all competitions there are 2 periods that stand out: they have conceded 3 of their 8 goals between minutes (46’ ‑ 60 ‘ ) and 3 of his 8 between (16’-30 ‘).
Rosenborg come to this match after a 3×3 draw at the Stromsgodset stadium visit, adding the second straight match without tasting the taste of victory. It should be noted that the visiting club remains in fourth position in the Norwegian league standings. On the previous day of the Europa League, Rosenborg beat Breidablik 4-2. In this game against Ventspils, coach Trond Henriksen must focus on maintaining possession and organized attacks from the flanks. It should be noted that Zachariassen and Borven are experts in transporting the ball to attack, owning great technical quality. For this game the coach does not have Helmersen, due to physical problems.