On September 17, within the framework of the second qualifying round of the Europa League, a meeting between Ventspils and Rosenborg will take place. The owners will be able to go further only in case of unrealistic luck. Guests, however, come to Latvia in the rank of unconditional favorite. Will the Norwegians take away the victory? Will something like this happen today? Read about it in our forecast.
“Ventspils” is having an extremely unsuccessful season for themselves. In the championship, the club is only fifth, 22 points behind the leader, and 8 points behind the third place, which gives the right to compete in the LE qualification. The team still has nine matches ahead to get into the medals, but so far it is hard to believe in a positive forecast.
As for the Europa League, the Latvians in the first qualifying round were not without difficulty, but they still managed to beat the Moldavian Dynamo-Auto with a score of 2: 1, and during the meeting they also had to recoup. And today, it seems, will have to too.
Rosenborg has been participating in the Europa League for three years in a row. It is likely that this season, due to the restructuring of European competitions, may be the last (or, at least, the next performance will not be soon).
In the championship, the club is doing the same as their counterpart, not in the best way. You won’t be able to compete for the championship, a handicap of 18 points is impossible to win back in practice. However, it is quite possible to get hold of the second place, the deficit of five points does not look catastrophic.
In the first qualifying round, the team calmly dealt with the Icelandic “Breidablik”, knocking out the opponent with four goals in half an hour (4: 2).
The teams crossed paths earlier already in 2003. Then the Norwegians were stronger (4: 1, 6: 0);
The guests score in seven meetings in a row, and in the last five, two goals are in the opponents’ goal net.
Rosenborg will do their best, since participation in the Europa League is very important for the team. “Ventspils” will make every effort to prolong its participation in the tournament, but objectively there is not the slightest chance to do this.
Our prediction is the victory of Rosenborg and the total under (4.5) goals with the odds of 1.90 from Bet City.