Santa Clara (Por) - Olimpija (Slo)

UEFA Conference League
Asian Handicap
Pick: AH -1,25 S Clara
Odds: 2.32
Stake: 1

Match date: 05/08/2021

First match of the 3rd round of qualifications for the Conference league between Portugal's Santa Clara and Slovenia's Olimpija will start at 9.30 pm CET, and return match will be next Thursday in Ljubljana.

Santa Clara from the Portuguese island of the Azores in the Atlantic, this year for the first time competes in the European competition, and in the 2nd qualifying round she easily eliminated Macedonian Skhupi with victories 3:0 and 2:0. These were also the only two official matches in the new season as the Portuguese championship kicks off this weekend.

Team of coach Daniel Ramos has a big motive to prove themselves in Europe, so even against Olimpija they are going with the strongest team.

- Our goal is to win and that is why I expect our play at the highest level. Olimpija is a much better team than Shkupi and that is why I expect their strong resistance. But, in front of our fans, we want to gain as much advantage as possible before the second match - said home coach Ramos.

Olimpija, with a lot of trouble and only after the penalty, managed to knock out the Maltese Birkirkara after winning 1:0 at home, and losing 0:1 in Malta after 120 minutes. More optimism for coach Savo Milošević was brought by the triumph in the Slovenian derby against Maribor 3:1, but that game four days ago, took a lot of energy, as well as the 4,500-kilometers flight to the Azores.

This will be a tough challenge for the guests against a technically stronger opponent, so their defense will have to be in a very good edition. The captain of Timi Max Elšnik, who hasn't yet completely healed the injury, but who is supposed to grit his teeth in the match with Malta club, and the two-time scorer in Sunday's match (both times given to him by Elšnik) Antonio Delamea Mlinar, are also expected to play although leaved the field early due to injury.

- It 's gonna be hard match. We have to repeat many good things from the match against Maribor. I expect that we will show progress in every game, but we will have to be even better than on Sunday, if we want to achieve a favorable result. Our goal is a result that will give us the opportunity to advance to the play-off qualifiers in the return match in Stožice - said guest coach Savo Milošević.

Santa Clara is an experienced and well-coordinated team with seven Brazilians, and its defense is very good. There is no doubt that the hosts will dictate the rhythm and attack, while Olympia will wait for counter-attacks and set-piece situations and corners. The impression is that quality and motive will be the deciding factors and that Santa Clara will win by at least two goals difference.

WIN Score: 2:0 Profit: +1.32
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