The Scots are entering this one quite confident with their appearances as they started the new season in a very good way, having two victories and one draw.
If we exclude that setback from round two against Kilmarnock, they are really looking good on the field these days. In the last match, they did just enough to justify the role of favorites against Dundee Utd, as they recorded an away victory with minimal result.
Besides the Premiership, last Tuesday evening they played the Champions League qualification match against KR Reykjavik from Iceland and managed to qualify for the next round with convincing 6:0 home victory.
As mentioned, Celtic is really looking quite good, especially in the offense, and in my opinion, they will have no problems in scoring in this encounter.
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Norrkoping finally managed to record a positive result in the last round against Goteborg, after a five matches winless streak. Playing as a visiting team, they defeated the hosts with a 1:3 result, in a match that was quite balanced, even though the result isn’t saying so.
With goals in the 4th and the 30th minute, the guests took the double lead in the first part, but it can not be said that they outplayed the hosts, as they too had several very nice chances. In the second part of the match, Goteborg managed to reduce the deficit with a goal in the 61st minute, but they simply missed too much. The visitors were able to add one more to the scoreboard in the 76th minute via Levi and take an important three-pointer.
Norrkoping occupies 4th place in the overall standings, only two points behind Djurgarden, and a ticket for Europa League.
Djurgarden is on the right track in the Allsvenskan, with two consecutive wins, but unfortunately, they failed to overcome the obstacle in the qualifications for the Champions League.
Last Wednesday evening they suffered a 2:0 loss against Ferencvaros in an away match. The Hungarians looked far better with the ball in this clash, as their attacks were sharper and more effective. The guests from Sweden conceded in the 33rd minute over Nguen, who was all fired up that day, as he scored another one in the 62nd minute.
The visitors had a couple of opportunities in the second part, that are worth mentioning, but the end of an attack was the main problem for them in this one.
Back in the Allsvenskan, they are at Europa League-leading 3rd place, six points behind Malmo, and a ticket for the Champions League again.
Last Saturday evening Derry City played against Shelbourne in an away match, as they come from a 1:1 draw.
One goal in each half was scored in this one, as the visitors took the lead first in the 29th minute from the penalty kick which was executed by Meite, while the guests leveled up in the 77th over Brennan. The match between these two was quite balanced in both parts, and it is safe to say that both teams deserved a point in this clash.
Derry City is in 8th place, currently in the safe zone, and only one point ahead relegation placed Cork City, but there are still many matches to play in the Premier Division, and much can change.
Entire Europe will see a different kind of qualification for Europa and Champions League – the single match legs will be extra crucial with no time for mistakes. Ferencvaros won the Hungarian league with an impressive 13 point difference last season and therefore will begin their journey to Champions League.
The first obstacle – Djurgarden. Ferencvaros might have their most competitive team in a very long time. They are led by Sergiy Rebrov, the former Dynamo Kyiv manager who has led Ferencvaros since 2018 and collected a 5-7-2 record in European competitions during this time. They took part in Europa League group stage in the previous campaign and did well.
After a victory in the first round of the Premier League, Krasnodar suffered an away loss in the last match with a narrow 1:0 result against Lokomotiv Moscow.
The hosts, despite the ball possession disadvantage, looked more dangerous in the first forty-five minutes, and with a goal over Miranchuk in the 43rd, they crowned their good transition game. The guests decided to take a less risky approach in the continuation, but they weren’t able to create opportunities dangerous enough to score an equalizer, so the result remained unchanged until the end.
Krasnodar is currently at the 6th place, but they have high expectations out of this season, as they want to repeat the success they had in a previous one when they ended at Champions League-leading third place.
Start suffered a loss in a very dynamic match last Sunday evening against Kristiansund with 3:2 in an away match. The visitors conceded very early, in the 13th minute, and despite the fact that they looked better in the first part, went on a break with 0:1 deficit.
In continuation, Skaanes showed a great mood, as he turned the result to the guest’s favor with goals in the 67th and the 72nd minute, but the celebration was short-lived. Only three minutes later the home team leveled up, and in the 82nd minute, they scored a winning goal and justified the role of favorites in this one.
Start is currently at the 15th place with only nine points. Points here are more than needed for the home side.
Lahti is approaching this one with positive thoughts, as they were able to defeat Ilves in the last match at home with a 3:2 result.
The hosts outplayed their opponents in the first sixty-five minutes of the match, when they scored three times over Assehnoun, who was accurate twice, and Jantti. The last twenty-five minutes belonged to the visitors, as they were able to score two goals via Tomas, but with not enough time to level up, as these two came in the last ten minutes of the encounter.
Lahti is in the sixth position which leads to the play-offs, but they need to be careful in the matches to come, as Ilves and Mariehamn are in a position to threaten them.
Kalmar approaches this one with positive thoughts as they were finally able to break their ten matches winless streak in the last round against Hacken, playing as a visiting team.
They started the match furiously, and already in the 11th minute, they took the lead first over Ring. The guests completely outplayed their opponents in the first part, and it is quite a shame that they didn’t score another one.
In the continuation, a situation changed, as the hosts visibly raised their level of play, but despite several chances, they failed to score. The final 0:2 result was set Johansson in the 77th minute, for the very important morale-boosting victory.
Djurgarden failed in recording a victory in the last match against Hammarby when they suffered a home loss with a 1:2 result.
The visitors looked far better in the first half, when they gained two goals advantage over Johannson and Khalili and went on a break with a good background. The home team did try to be more aggressive in the second, had a ball possession advantage, but their attacks weren’t dangerous enough. The only time they scored was over the away time player Fenger, as he had a misfortune to put the ball behind his own net.
Djurgarden is at 4th place in the standings, only two points behind European placed Norrkoping, so they will certainly try to take all three in this clash, where they are expected to win.