Crvena zvezda vs. Pyunik Prediction, Tips and Odds – Aug. 03, 2022 20:45 CET
The reigning champion of Serbia, Crvena Zvezda, begins its European appearance in the third round of UEFA Champions League qualifiers against Pyunik. The first match is scheduled for Wednesday, August 3 at 8:45 p.m. at the Rajko Mitić Stadium.
The best team from Armenia eliminated Dudelange from Luxembourg in the previous round, but now they face a drastically more difficult task.
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After two consecutive failures in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers, the Crvena Zvezda players enter this year’s competition with great enthusiasm. They were eliminated by Omonia and Sheriff in the last two years, which was characterized as a fiasco in Serbia. However, they did well in the UEFA Europa League, where they reached the round of 16 last season, and played well against Rangers, who later reached the final.
The football public in Serbia believes that the current squad of Crvena Zvezda has everything needed to qualify for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. The most important players from earlier seasons, Aleksandar Katai, Mirko Ivanic, and Aleksandar Dragovic, are still there, and all the lines of the team have been additionally strengthened. Central back Nemanja Milunovic and striker Aleksandar Pesic returned, and both played very well in their previous stay at this club.
Osman Bukari, Kings Kangwa, and Stefan Mitrovic were brought in as reinforcements, so this team has skill and experience in all lines.
They have started the new season in the domestic championship more than dominantly. They won all four with an incredible goal difference of 17-1, so they enter this matchup with great confidence.
After several dry seasons, Pyunik won the Armenian championship last season, their first domestic trophy since 2015.
When it comes to European competitions, they have never had overly big ambitions, but they have already achieved two great feats in the current competition year. They started in these qualifiers from the first round and they defeated Cluj, which was a big surprise.
In the second round, they were better than Luxembourg champions Dudelange, although they were defeated in the first match in front of their fans. However, Pyunik’s players played their best 90 minutes in return and won convincingly 4-1.
On the other hand, they had a bad start in the domestic championship. Ararat defeated them in the city derby with a score of 0-1, so no one on the team is satisfied with this kind of epilogue before the most important game of the season in Belgrade.
These two teams have never played against each other before.
Crvena zvezda (4-2-3-1): Borjan; Rodic, Dragovic, Erakovic, Gobeljic; Kanga, Kangwa; Ivanic, Katai, Bukari; Pesic
Pyunik (3-5-2): Yurchenko; Juninho, Gajic, Kovalenko; Davidyan, Mensalao, Zambrano, Harutyunyan, Dashyan; Juricic, Otubanjo
The home team is in really great shape. In addition, we believe that individual quality is on their side, as well as collective. Therefore, we think that Zvezda will convincingly triumph and we believe that they will score at least three goals in this match.
Prediction: Crvena Zvezda Total Goals Over 2.5