Kick-off: 12 July 2018 – 19:45 UK time

Venue: Solitude, Belfast

Cliftonville v Nordsjaelland: Team News

Cliftonville are back to the Europa League action after a one-year break. Even though they’ve been struggling for consistency throughout pretty much the whole season in the previous edition of the Premier Division, they managed to bring two strong showings in the Europa League play-offs to book a place in the European competition in spite of coming fifth at the end of the regular season in Northern Ireland.

Nevertheless, the draw was ruthless to Barry Gray and his men who will have to beat Danish Nordsjaelland if they are to advance to the second qualifying round.  From this perspective, it looks to be a mission impossible given the visitors have enjoyed a remarkable campaign in the top flight of the Danish football last season. Nordsjaelland finished third, ahead of the defending champions Copenhagen, which only proved team’s strength as it is impossible to compare Danish and Northern Irish domestic leagues.

Cliftonville v Nordsjaelland: Head to Head Stats

This will be the first ever head to head tie between the two teams.

Cliftonville v Nordsjaelland: Prediction

The only hope the hosts have is the lack of success in continental competitions for Nordsjaelland who are winless in last eight matches in Europa League. On the other hand, their previous appearance in the competition dates back to 2013. There are no doubts Kasper Hjulmand and his troops will be largely motivated to get a result here.

The visitors will come into the game high on confidence as they have been thriving in the final third in latest friendlies. The team bagged as many as 12 goals (thee per game) in four consecutive wins over the likes of Nykobing, Norrkpping, PAOK and Beerschot-Wilrijk.

Colleraine, on the other side, shipped as many as four in a friendly against Derry City and they have nothing to hope for against a much stronger opposition here. To sum it all up, Nordsjaelland to win by at least two-goal margin is the main betting option, while you can alternatively back the visitors to have the lead at the half time and win the match at the end at the odds of 4/6 (1.66).

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