Saturday, July 2, 2022

Prediction: La Fiorita vs Inter Escaldes

Verdict: Inter Escaldes win & Under 3.5 goals

Best Odds: 21/20

Bookmaker: Unibet

Two sides who will be hoping to extend on their Champions League qualifying adventure in midweek, La Fiorita will meet Inter Escaldes in Reykjavík on Tuesday afternoon.

La Fiorita

Starting with La Fiorita, managing to make an immediate return to winning ways last week, there is no doubt that the San Marino outfit will be looking to keep up that momentum here. Last seen claiming a routine 2-0 victory against Tre Penne on home soil, Head Coach Juri Tamburini should find the mood in his camp at a high. Hoping to prove that their close-fought 1-0 loss against Pennarossa on May 22nd, the Montegiardino-based side have still won three of their last four matchups across all formats. Eventually managing to lift another domestic crown last season thanks to a single-point buffer, it should still be noted that Tamburini’s side do hold a real downbeat record while on Champions League duties. Last seen in qualifying action getting hit with a 2-0 loss at the hands of Lincoln Red Imps four years ago, they have failed to pick up a single European victory in their five attempts. Likewise, La Fiorita have also drawn a blank in each of those five Champions League appearances.

Team News

Ahead of Tuesday’s lucrative showdown in Reykjavík, La Fiorita have no fresh injury issues or suspensions to worry about.

Inter Escaldes

As for Inter Escaldes, while the Blues might have also managed to reclaim their own domestic crown last season, Fede Bessone’s men largely had to limp their way over the finish line. Last seen on May 22nd having to settle for an action-packed 2-2 draw away at Sant Julià in their final Primera División appearance, the Andorran outfit will know that they must find a much-needed boost here. Despite opening May with back-to-back 4-1 victories against Sant Julià and local rivals Atlètic Club d’Escaldes, it appears that might have just been a minor boost. It should be highlighted, those two thumping wins are the only victories that Bessone’s side had previously collected from their final nine matchups across all formats. With that extended rut stemming all the way back to March 13th, they had also shown some extended issues on the road. Including what could have been a costly 1-0 loss at the hands of title rivals UE Santa Coloma, the Blues have failed to win any of their last five showdowns outside of Escaldes-Engordany.

Team News

Likewise, while Inter Escaldes might fancy making a few changes here after their sluggish end to the 2022 campaign, Bessone’s side have been handed a clean bill of health.

Key Factors to Consider

    • Tuesday’s showdown in Iceland is the first meeting between La Fiorita and Inter Escaldes.
    • Inter Escaldes signed off the 2022 campaign by mustering just a pair of victories from their last nine matchups across all formats.
    • Likewise, the Andorran outfit have also failed to win any of their last five matchups on the road.
    • La Fiorita have failed to win any of the five Champions League contests they have competed in, drawing a blank in each of those five European fixtures.
    • Four of La Fiorita’s final five domestic contests finished with under 2.5 goals.

    Conclusion

    While Inter Escaldes might be tipped as a standout pick with the bookmakers here, the Andorran outfit will know that they must find a boost on Tuesday. Managing to muster just a pair of victories over the final nine outings, the Blues had also shown some extended issues on the road. However, given an extended break over the past month, Bessone’s men will be looking to mark their return to action with a flurry on foreign soil. Making the trip out to Reykjavík here as their Champions League qualifier will be played at a neutral venue, La Fiorita will still know that they face a tough test here. Despite claiming their own domestic crown this season, it should be highlighted that the San Marino-based side do hold a very downbeat European record. Failing to win any of the five Champions League contests in their history, and also yet to score a single European goal, we’re still backing an away victory for Inter here.

    Verdict: Inter Escaldes win & Under 3.5 goals

    Best Odds: 21/20

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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