Place: Serbia. Belgrade. Rajko Mitić Stadium.
Date: on the 21st of August, 2018 (Tuesday)
Match start: 20:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: Champions League. 4th qualification round. 1st matches.
Crvena zvezda (the head coach Vladan Milojević)
Crvena zvezda became one of the most successful clubs of the current Champions League qualification campaign. The champion of Serbia has already passed three qualification barriers: Spartaks Latvia – 2:0 (0:0 and 2:0), the Lithuanian Sūduva – 5:0 (3:0 and 2:0) and Spartak Trnava Slovakia- 3:2 (1:1 and 2:1).
The battle of the team of Vladan Milojević against the champion of Slovakia was especially serious. Contrary to initial predictions, the match in Belgrade between Crvena zvezda and Spartak has ended with a productive draw (1:1). Therefore during the return game in Trnava the hosts were pleased even with a goalless draw. But, nevertheless, the club from Belgrade has managed to break resistance of the very uncompromising rival and thanks to El Fardou Ben Nabouhane and Nemanja Radonjić ‘s two direct shots has won comeback victory during overtime (1:2).
At the same time the champion of Serbia has quite successfully begun a new season of the national Super league. In four rounds Crvena zvezda has demonstrated its maximum result and now with twelve points heads a champion race.
Salzburg (the head coach Marco Rose)
And now the most interesting fact! The match of the fifth round of the championship of Serbia with Crvena zvezda’s participation that was planned on the 17th of August is rescheduled for a later term. Thus, the national federation of football has freed the champion from participation in the next round because of the forthcoming fight of the team of Vladan Milojević with the champion of Austria.
Undoubtedly, this is very serious rival that in the national championship is also destroying everyone (3 matches, 9 points). And in the previous round of qualification of the UEFA Club championship the team to Marko Rose has destroyed Shkëndija Macedonia- 4:0 (3:0 and 1:0). We will remind you that according to current regulations of the tournament, Salzburg, unlike Crvena zvezda began its way from the third qualification round.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Crvena zvezda vs. Salzburg
The quotations on the first match in Belgrade between the current rivals presented by bookmakers show that the guests are considered to be the favorite though the team of Vladan Milojević losses seldom on home arena: Crvena zvezda – 3.30, Salzburg – 2.20.
To tell the truth, such opinion of experts raises several questions. Crvena zvezda, as well as Salzburg, in the national championship despite of the status of the match, is winning every match. So, it is quite possible that during the return home match (on the 28th of August) Salzburg will manage to win over the champion of Serbia.