Europa League

Preview: Europa League Round 1 return legs

Europa LeagueRabotnicki and Renova will try to defend the wins from the first leg and advance into the second round over Trans and Glentoran.

Definitely Rabotnicki will have the easiest job. The 4:1 win away in Estonia puts the “Club Heroe” in a great position and already with one step in the next round. The return leg in Skopje is just a formality as none believes that the Estonians are capable of making a miracle. It is confirmed that one of the newest signings, Vladica Brdarovski, will miss this game as well as rabotnicki’s manager doesn’t want to risk anything when the team is 90% in the next round. The match starts at 20.00 CET at the National Arena Philip II of Macedon in Skopje. The Czech Roman Hrubeš will be the main referee, the ticket prize is 150 denars for the only available North stand, while Kanal 5 will broadcast the game live. Sanmarinese side Juvenes/Dogana awaits the outcome of the clash.

Unlike Rabotnicki, Renova will have a hard job defending the tight 2:1 win from Skopje. Glentoran needs only one goal to make Renova attack and run more, something that the Gypsum Boys aren’t used to do. The game starts at 20.45 CET at The Oval stadium in Belfast where the Glens actually play their domestic matches. Petteri Kari from Finland will be the main referee. The winner of this clash will face Ukrainian side Vorskla.

According to the bookies, Rabotnicki is one again firm favourite as they have a 1.10 for win, 8.25 for a draw and an unbelievable 20.00 for a Estonian win. The duel of Glentoran and Renova seems even when it comes to the bookies. A home win is availiable at 2.55, a draw at 3.30 and 2.60 for Renova.

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