Shkupi (Mkd) - Santa Clara (Por)


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Pick: AH -0,5 S. Clara
Odds: 1.78
Stake: 1
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Match date: 22/07/2021

Representative of Northern Macedonia Shkupi and Portuguese club Santa Clara will play first match of 2nd qualifying round of the European Conference League today at 8 pm CET. They will play at the Toše Proeski national stadium in the Macedonian capital, Skopje. Shkupi is an Albanian club from the capital of Macedonia and plays at small Čair stadium in the domestic league.


Shkupi won second place in the national league last season, which is one of his greatest successes, and in the 1st qualifying round of the league conference played against club Llapi from neighboring Kosovo. Shkupi won 2:0 at home, and it was 1:1 away.


It was just a warm-up, and two matches with the representative of Portugal are another dimension for this small Macedonian club. Shkupi's quality cannot be compared to Santa Clara, and home team will try to defend with a strong defense and attempts from transition and counter-attacks.


This was confirmed by coach Goce Sedloski, a former player of the two biggest Croatian clubs Hajduk and Dinamo, and in the second Dinamo team Sedloski started his coaching career. He isn't famous, so now he is looking for happiness in clubs from his country.


Sedloski has several internationals on his team, but they aren't players who can make a difference on the field with individual moves and performance.


- We analyzed the opponent, they play fast and aggressively, but we also have our trump cards. We will play combatively, but we will also be careful. There are great individuals in Santa Clara, but I think that result will depend on our play - said Sedloski.


Santa Clara is a club from the Portuguese islands Azores (Ponta Delgada, Ilha de Sao Miguel), winning sixth place last season for the first time appearance in European Conference League competition.


It caused big euphoria in the club and among Santa Clara fans, and huge attention is paid to the first game of the season. Coach Daniel Ramos and all the players, in all media appearances emphasize the great motive and desire to start a beautiful European story with the victory in Skopje.


Ramos has as many as 8 Brazilian players in his team, they play in all positions, and there are also Japanese midfielder Morita (the second most valuable player of the club after striker Carlos Junior), and Moroccan striker Bouldini, who came from Coimbra.


Santa Clara had a great final last season, and in the last test game seven days ago they beat Moreirense 3:0. Defensive midfielder Julio Romao will not play today due to injury.


- My team gives good indicators, conviction and desire to win. We are ready for the first game of the season and we want to celebrate in Skopje without calculations - said coach Daniel Ramos.


This is a duel of two in many ways unequal rivals, technically and tactically Santa Clara is a much better team than the hosts, and for guests suits a very good field at the Toše Proeski stadium. Yes, this is the first official match of the season for the Portuguese club, but their motive is huge and there is no doubt that they want to win in Macedonia. It will be a surprise if they fail, because they are simply better team than Shkupi...

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