Thursday, August 18, 2022

Red Star Belgrade 21/20 to beat Europa FC and over 4.5 goals in Tuesday’s Champions League qualifier

Competition: Champions League qualifier

Market: Red Star Belgrade win and over 4.5 goals

Odds: 21/20 @ 888sport

Two sides who will be looking to move one step closer to a lucrative Champions League spot, Red Star Belgrade will welcome Gibraltar outfit Europa FC to Beograd on Tuesday night.

Starting with the hosts, after storming towards another Serbian Super Liga crown last season, Red Star have once again laid down another marker since making a return to action. Last seen picking up a dramatic 3-2 win against Spartak Subotica and once again reclaiming their spot at the top of the table, Head Coach Dejan Stanković has seen his side win each of their opening four contests and they’re the only Serbian outfit to boast a 100% start to the season. Once again bagging a trio of strikes at the Rajko Mitić Stadium over the weekend, the former Inter Milan midfielder will unsurprisingly be hugely excited by his side’s clinical edge in front of goal. Tuesday’s hosts have now recorded over 2.5 goals in each of their Super Liga appearances so far and will be looking to extend on their purple patch in midweek.

As for the visitors, while Europa might have seen the Gibraltar Premier Divison brought to an abrupt end last season, Rafa Escobar’s men were enjoying an eye-catching run earlier in the year and will be hoping to carry on from where they left off back in March. Last seen on top-flight domestic duties securing a stunning 7-0 romp against Lions Gibraltar, the Green Machine recently found themselves in the midst of a three-match winning run and much like Tuesday’s hosts, Europa were also showing a real clinical edge in the final third. Scoring 12 goals in back-to-back strikes on Premier Division duties, they had bagged a stunning 85 goals in just their 17 appearances before the interruption. Despite their recent domestic success, Europa should be in for what is a rather drastic step up in class on Tuesday night. In a contest that should produce a string of chances, we should be in for a free-scoring night in Serbia.

Bet: Red Star Belgrade 21/20 to beat Europa FC and over 4.5 goals in Tuesday’s Champions League qualifier @ 888sport


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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