Radnicki Nis vs. Gzira Prediction, Tips & Odds – Jul. 28, 2022 19:00 CET
On Thursday, the return match of the second round of the UEFA League conference qualifiers is scheduled, and one of the two Serbian representatives, Radnicki Nis, will host Gzira from Malta at Cair Stadium. The start of the match is scheduled for 19:00.
There was no winner in the first meeting seven days ago. Radnicki was leading 1-0, Gzira turned it around to 2-1, but the guests equalized at 2-2 in the last moments of the match, so it is as if the first match was not even played.
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Radnicki Nis Team News
Radnicki Nis have not won yet in the new season, but they are playing well. In the domestic championship, they played against Red Star and Partizan in the first two rounds. They were convincingly defeated by the current champion (0-4). They left a good impression, but missed a lot of great scoring opportunities. Against the vice champion at Cair Stadium, they led 1-0 and 3-1, but they lost the advantage and the final score was 3-3.
The offensive part of the team has worked much better than the defensive part at the beginning of the new campaign. Coach Tomislav Sivic arrived in Nis during the summer and announced that the fans will enjoy the style of play of their favorite club. And it’s true, but the defensive line makes big mistakes. In the first three games of the season, Radnicki’s defenders committed as many as four penalties, which is too many.
The Serbian team will definitely decide to attack the opponent first in this game, and an early goal would make it much easier to advance to the next round of the UEFA Conference League.
Gzira Team News
On the other hand, the Maltese are not an offensively oriented team like Radnicki. They are more dedicated to a defensive style of play and discipline. Gzira players generally allow the opponent more ball possession, and patiently wait for their chance to counterattack. We will most likely see such tactics on Thursday as well.
Gzira has already passed the first round of qualification for this European competition. After a great fight, they eliminated Athletic Escalades from Andorra. The result of the first match in Malta was 1-1, while in return in the regular 90 minutes neither team scored a goal. Gzira players were fresher and more concentrated than their opponents in overtime and won 1-0.
These two teams met in the first round of qualification for the 2018 Europa League, and Radnicki won both games (4-0 and 1-0).
Radnicki Nis (4-1-2-3): Drobnjak; Mladovic, Tolordava, Savic, Aksentijevic; Pejovic; Marjanovic, Arsic; Petrov, Jovanovic, Stulic
Gzira (4-3-3): Zarkov; Muscat, Tabone, Bohrer Mentz, Scerri; Dias, Cosic, Correa Duarte; Jefferson, Maxuell, Riascos
Although they did not win in the first game, the Radnicki players showed that they are of better quality than their opponents. We believe that in the return match, they will justify their role as favorites and advance to the next round of qualifications, where they will compete against Wolfsberger. We expect the home team to win with a minimum of two goals.
Prediction: Radnicki Nis -1.5