Zalgiris – Bodø-Glimt. The fun is over! Nikita Khaikin will suffer a little
The Russian rarely keeps the gate intact in a foreign field. And then there’s the exit to the next round is almost guaranteed.
On August 9, the second leg of the third qualifying round of the Champions League “Zalgiris” – “Bodø-Glimt” will take place. The game starts at 19:00 Moscow time. In their forecasts, bookmakers give preference to guests: you can bet on the victory of Bodø-Glimt in bookmakers with a coefficient of 1.90. The success of Zalgiris is estimated by analysts at 5.00. You can bet on a draw for 3.80.
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Bookmaker odds for the Champions League qualifying match Zalgiris vs Bodø-Glimt August 9, 2022
According to the bookmakers, the match will not be productive: you can bet on a total of less than 2.5 goals for 1.85, while on a total of more than 2.5 goals – for 1.95. On the goal of “Zalgiris” they give a coefficient of 1.47, and the goal of “Bodø-Glimt” is estimated at 1.83. You can bet on “both teams to score” at bookmakers for 1.78.
Analysis and prediction for the second match of the 3rd qualifying round of the Champions League “Zalgiris” – “Bodø-Glimt” (09.08.2022)
On August 9 at 19:00 Moscow time, the whistle of the Swiss referee Sandro Scherer, which will be blown over the LFF-Vetra stadium in Vilnius, will announce the start of the second leg of the third qualifying round of the Champions League. The champion of Lithuania “Zalgiris” will host the champion of Norway – football club “Bodø-Glimt”.
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The first match, held at the Aspmura stadium in the Norwegian city of Bodø, was a cold shower for Zalgiris, who knocked out another Scandinavian team, the Swedish Malmö, from the Champions League in the last round. The Norwegian champion treated the guests without any reverence and, with the strongest of all possible squads, decided the issue of entering the next round in the very first match – 5:0.
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The fact that Bodø-Glimt tried with might and main to finish the match with a rout is not surprising. In the current Champions League draw, the Norwegian team does not feel well on foreign fields. The champions of the Faroe Islands Klaksvik in the first round of qualifying almost won back a three-goal gap in their field in the second leg, and the Northern Irish Linfield began the confrontation with Bodø-Glimt with a 1-0 home win.
That match in Belfast seemed to awaken the beast in Bodø-Glimt – the Norwegians won the next five meetings in all tournaments with a total score of 27: 1. Only Kristoffer Edemarksbakken from Ålesund managed to score the only goal against Nikita Khaikin. That meeting in the Norwegian championship was the only one of these five matches where Bodø-Glimt scored less than five goals.
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It is significant that the match with Alessoon was the only away meeting in these five matches after the ill-fated departure to Belfast, which only confirms the trend of a big difference between Bodø-Glimt at home and away. In the last five away matches, Bodø-Glimt have won only twice, and in the last six away meetings they have never scored more than two goals.
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However, in Vilnius, Bodø-Glimt will feel at home to some extent. All thanks to the small capacity and artificial turf of the LFF stadium. This will surely remind the Norwegian champion of the conditions in which he plays in Bodø and to which it is sometimes difficult for opponents to adapt.
Given the result of the first meeting, the Norwegian coach Kjetil Knutsen will be tempted to make several changes in the starting lineup. In addition, the match of the championship of Norway with “Odd” was played quite recently – last Saturday. For sure, the best scorer of the team, Amal Pellegrino, will remain on the bench.
Another goalscorer will not help the team either – Nigerian center forward Victor Bonifase, who was sold for two million euros to the Belgian Union Saint-Gillois on the eve of the first match with Zalgiris. This is a big loss for the club, because there is a dream to make some noise in the Champions League.
For Zalgiris, reaching the third qualifying round of the Champions League is already a huge achievement, which guarantees participation at least in the group stage of the Conference League, which will happen for the first time in the history of Lithuanian football. The team is probably already mentally preparing for the playoff round of the Europa League, in which it will play with the loser of the Dinamo Zagreb-Ludogorets pair.
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In this situation, the Lithuanian champion has every chance to throw off the shackles and beautifully say goodbye to the dream of the Champions League in front of his fans, showing bright attacking football. Namely, as in the already legendary first meeting with the Swedish “Malmö”. It is unlikely that the guests will grieve if they concede one or two goals. You can bet that the hosts will not lose through a total of more than 2.5 goals for 3.64.
Forecast and bet on the Champions League qualification match Zalgiris – Bodø-Glimt on August 9, 2022
Almost a year ago, the teams met in Vilnius, that match ended in a fighting draw 2:2. Since then, the teams have been somewhat updated: the ambitions of the Norwegian champions have grown a lot, and Zalgiris was able to take a historic step forward on the international arena – they are already looking forward to the autumn stage of European competitions. Unlike that meeting, the upcoming one will not decide anything. It seems that this will only help the teams play for their own pleasure, and Bodø-Glimt, which traditionally plays poorly away, will not be very upset if there is no victory.
Bid: Zalgiris will not lose and the total is over 2.5 goals for 3.64.
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