Match: Birkirkara – Široki Brijeg Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips
Date: Tuesday, 05 July, 2016
Start time: 16:45 UK
Birkirkara host Široki Brijeg in a game from the first qualifying round of Europa League. After draw 1:1 in the first match in Bosnia and Herzegovina, now The Maltese team have an advantage.
The team of Birkirkara only twice managed to overcome the first qualifying round of the Europa League. Last season they removed Ulisses from Armenia, but then lost dramatically from West Ham on penalties. In the upcoming game against Široki Brijeg, the Maltese were not favorite but proved that football in the country marks the rise, once you get to draw 1:1 as a guest. Certainly now the advantage is on their side and they have very good chances to qualify for the next qualifying round.
Široki Brijeg finished third in the championship of Bosnia and Herzegovina and returned to the Europa League after a year absence. In 2014 they successfully passed the first qualifying round after beat Qabala Azerbaijan with a total score 4:2. But then they retreated to a far stronger team Mlada Boleslav losing both meetings. Now, Široki Brijeg failed to take advance after the first game at home and will have to hope for a better result in Malta.
The home team will be pleased to a scoreless draw, which would rank them in the next round. Therefore, do not expect to get a very attractive match and hardly will be scored more than two goals.