Partizan vs. Hamrun Prediction, Tips & Odds – Aug. 18, 2022 21:00 CET
This tie against Hamrun is the only chance for Partizan to save their season and failure would mean huge consequences for the club.
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Even in their worst dreams, Partizan couldn’t have imagined such a start of the new season. In the Serbian Superliga, they are already seven points behind Red Star and the title is out of reach. In the Europa League, they were eliminated by AEK Larnaca, so this tie against Hamrun is actually a saving grace for complete season of black and whites.
After they were eliminated by AEK Larnaca, Partizan fired head coach Ilija Stolica. Gordan Petric was brought in as new coach, although he hasn’t had a good coaching career so far. Most of the problems for Partizan are coming from midfield where they still haven’t found replacement for Sasa Zdjelar. Former captain left for CSKA Moscow in July. Fousseni Diabate brought extra quality on the wing, but as a team Partizan is not even a pale shadow of last season’s squad.
Partizan has now focused all its forces on Thursday night. Anything but a win by at least two goals will be a poor result before the second leg. Partizan won’t underestimate their opponent, especially if it is known that in 2011 they were eliminated by Shamrock Rovers in the Europa League playoffs.
In the past 40 days, Hamrun made the biggest European result in club’s history. They also have a chance to become the first club in Malta’s history to play in group stage of a European competition. In order to do that, they will have to eliminate Partizan.
This club was an outsider in all three previous qualifying rounds, but they advanced each time. Hamrun eliminated Alashkert, Velez Mostar and Levski and they certainly won’t give up without a big fight against Partizan. In third round of the Conference League qualifying, it looked like they had no chance versus Levski, but they made a huge comeback. After losing 1:0 in Malta, they went to Sofia and won 2:1 by scoring a goal for overtime in the last seconds. In the end, they advanced after a penalty shootout.
Hamrun gained a lot of experience this year and they will certainly have tactics ready for Partizan. Their head coach Branko Nisevic is from Serbia and is well acquainted with all the opponent’s problems.
Partizan and Hamrun never played against each other in the past.
Danilo Pantic is only unavailable player for Partizan, while all Hamrun players are ready for this match.
Partizan vs. Hamrun Prediction
Hamrun players stated that they won’t come to Belgrade to play completely defensively. On the other hand, Partizan will go all-offense from the very beginning and will try to gain an advantage already in first half. It is to be expected that home team will score at least two or three goals, while their defense is too weak and they could concede one goal.
Date and Time: 18.08.2022 21:00 CET
Pick: Over 2.5 goals