Liepaja vs. Gjilani Prediction, Tips & Odds – Jul. 14, 2022 16:00 CET
Liepaja unexpectedly lost to Gjilani 1:0 in the first game and now they have to win by two goals to advance in the next round of the Conference League qualifying.
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Liepaja Team News
This will be sixth time in the last seven years that Liepaja participates in European competitions. It is interesting that they left a solid impression every time. Last season, they defeated Struga from North Macedonia, before they were eliminated by CSKA Sofia on penalties. In the clash against mentioned Bulgarian club, score was 0:0 twice. Liepaja achieved the biggest success in Europe back in 2019 when they knocked out Dinamo Minsk.
It will be very difficult for Liepaja to make a significant result in Europe this year. In the first game, they were defeated 1:0 by Gjilani, and in case they advance, they will play against Young Boys in next round. That will almost certainly be the end of the road for either of these two clubs.
Liepaja has a lot of foreign footballers in squad. Two Brazilians stand out the most: striker Dodo and midfielder Lucas Villela. Liepaja scored a lot of goals in the Latvian championship when two mentioned players created chances. They certainly want to go further and play two more matches in Europe, but it will be really tough task to beat Gjilani with a two goal difference.
Gjilani Team News
Gjilani is participating in European competitions for the second time in club’s history. They made their debut in 2020 in the Europa League qualifying, where they first beat Tre Penne, and then were eliminated by APOEL. Due to corona virus, only one match was played then, and Gjilani lasted 90 minutes without conceding a goal on their home field. However, APOEL won 2:0 in extra time.
Last season, this club took third place in the domestic championship, which is why they secured a spot in the Conference League qualifying. In addition to a large number of domestic football players, this team includes few solid foreigners. They are Alassane Keita, Lanzeni Keita and Elton Cale. Gjilani fans expect from them to hit the opponent’s net at least once in the second leg.
Advancing to the next round would be the greatest success of this club so far and they will certainly be highly motivated to maintain the advantage gained in the first match. Statistically, Gjilani wasn’t a better opponent than Liepaja, but they used their chance unlike their opponent.
The only time these clubs played against each other was last week when Gjilani won 1:0 in Kosovo.
All players are available for both coaches.
Liepaja vs. Gjilani Prediction
Liepaja has more quality players than Gjilani and the situation on the pitch will be different than last week. Home team should be able to score at least two goals, while it is unrealistic for them to beat the opposing goalkeeper four times.
Date and Time: 14.07.2022 16:00 CET
Pick: Liepaja will score 2 or 3 goals – YES