Valletta – Partizan Belgrade 17.07.2012
Valletta largely impressed in the first qualifying round, beating Lusitanos from Andorra 9-0 on aggregate, but the side from Malta are huge underdogs in the clash against the Serbian champions.
Valletta are one of the most famous clubs from Malta and they currently have 21 league titles to their name. Following the long title drought that lasted for seven years, the club won three of the last five league championships, but their performances in Europe leave a lot to be desired. Last season Valletta were eliminated by Lithuanian champions Ekranas after losing both legs, but this time they started off with two wins against weak Lusitanos. The game against Partizan will be the first serious test this season and there is little chance that Valletta will pass it with flying colours.
Match: Valletta – Partizan 20.45h
League: Champions League
Our prediction: Away Win & over 2.5 goals Odds: 2.00
Partizan Belgrade have been dominating the Serbian league for five years now, having won five league titles in a row and the team have been achieving respectable results in Europe as well. After reaching the Champions League group stages in 2010, the Serbian champions were on the verge of repeating the feat last season, but they were terribly unlucky to get eliminated by Gent. The team have since been reinforced with quality players Scepovic, Pauljevic, Lovre, Knezevic and Zubya, but the most important thing is they managed to keep hold of key players Markovic, Babovic, Volkov and Ilic. The team looked pretty good in pre-season and they look very well prepared for what awaits them in Malta.
Branko Pauljevic and Marko Scepovic miss out through injury, but they probably wouldn’t be considered first team regulars.
For Me this is a Big stake on Partizan but i recommend to try a combinations of away win and over 2.5 goal which i very realistic. GL