Ostersunds vs Zorya Luhansk Prediction, Preview & Betting Tips
Ostersunds vs Zorya Luhansk prediction for a clash at the “Jämtkraft Arena” in Östersund, where the Swedish team takes on its Ukrainian opponent in round five of the UEFA Europa League group stage. After four Group J games, Ostersunds and Zorya Luhansk are surprisingly standing over both initial favourites Athletic Bilbao and Hertha BSC. Find out what our football analysts have to say in a comprehensive match preview, prediction and more UEFA Europa League betting tips.
H2H History: Ostersunds vs Zorya Luhansk
The first leg staged at the “Arena Lviv” in Lviv was the only previous meeting between Ostersunds and Zorya Luhansk. In fact, that was the first ever clash of Ostersunds against an opposition from Ukraine, happening in their debut European season. Zorya Luhansk have also met a Swedish side in a competitive game for the very first time on matchday one.
Ostersunds was the winning side on 14 September 2017 when Saman Ghoddos and Alhaji Gero were both goal scorers for a 2:0 victory on the road.
UEFA Europa League: Ostersunds vs Zorya Luhansk 23.11.2017
Zorya Luhansk participates in the UEFA Europa League for the fourth consecutive season, being one of the group stage members for a second year in a row. Ukrainians are showing progress with every next campaign and after two unsuccessful attempts to reach the groups, losing a playoff tie to Feyenoord and Legia Warsaw in two successive years, Zorya have finally qualified for the group phase in the 2016-17 season. Well, Zorya won two points only but they were in a group alongside Manchester United, Fenerbahce, and Feyenoord, while one year later Yuriy Vernydub’s men have an excellent opportunity to make a breakthrough and become one of the last 32.
Zorya Luhansk have won 6 points out of 12 possible, placing them on the second Group J position with one point less from their current opponents.
Not only did Ostersunds succeed to both defeat Zorya and keep a clean sheet in Ukraine, but the Swedish outfit also boast a very impressive home record. Graham Potter’s side will enter into this match having won four of their last five home Europa League matches, while they remain unbeaten on home soil in eight, six of which they have won. All home results throughout the season include some impressive performances like victories over Galatasaray, PAOK, Hertha BSC (all of them were marked with a clean sheet), as well as a 2:2 draw vs Athletic Bilbao one month ago. Thus Ostersunds hold the first position in Group J and an eventual win over Zorya on Thursday night can turn into a crucial step to the 1/16 finals.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Zorya Luhansk (6th) arrived in Sweden after a home draw (1:1) against Veres Rivne (4th) last weekend. This was their fifth unsuccessful attempt to win a match in the last couple of weeks, as Zorya’s most recent victory was one month ago when they have made a full comeback and won 2:5 vs Mariupol. It has been preceded by three other wins in four games, including the two impressive wins against Hertha BSC and Athletic Bilbao, in Ukraine and abroad, respectively.
Yuriy Vernydub can’t rely on the injured quartet Vasyl Pryima, Andriy Pylyavskyi, Vladyslav Kalitvintsev and Vladyslav Kabayev.
Ostersunds can be pleased with their domestic league progress, not to mention about their UEFA competition debut. At the end of season 2015 Ostersunds have been promoted to the Allsvenskan for the first time since club’s establishment in 1996. Their first top-tier season found them 8th at the end, but the squad led by English manager Graham Potter has won the Swedish Cup which has won them quite an opportunity to taste the European football atmosphere.
In following months Graham Potter’s men have improved their Allsvenskan record by finishing 5th, and most of you are probably aware that Swedish football campaign usually starts in the spring and finishes in the autumn. Now Ostersunds is fully focused over the UEFA Europa League challenge and Graham Potter has all key players available, except defender Doug Bergqvist who’s ruled out with a knee injury. However, it seems that Tom Pettersson and Sotiris Papagiannopoulos can form a decent centre-back duo, and Ronald Mukiibi can start as a right-back if the Swedes play a 4-4-2 formation.
Ostersunds vs Zorya Luhansk Prediction and Betting Tips
Ostersunds are doing great on the artificial turf at their “Jämtkraft Arena” and it seems that’s an issue for all visiting sides thus far. Like we mentioned, Ostersunds have won four out of five home games in the Europa League and Athletic were the only ones to gain something from their visit to Östersund.
Zorya, on the other hand, usually don’t play on artificial turf and this can be one of the main home team advantages. In addition, Ostersunds are fully rested as their last competitive encounter was on 5 November – 0:0 vs Jönköpings Södra, only a few days after losing in Bilbao.
A win here can cause the miracle for either side but we believe that Ostersunds will benefit from their home advantage and scoop the full set of points from Zorya Luhansk – 1X2 Betting.
Possible Lineups of Ostersunds and Zorya Luhansk
Venue: “Jämtkraft Arena”, Östersund.
Referee: Kevin Blom from the Netherlands.
Östersunds FK: Aly Keita – Ronald Mukiibi, Sotiris Papagiannopoulos, Tom Pettersson, Dennis Widgren – Curtis Edwards, Brwa Nouri, Fouad Bachirou, Ken Sema – Saman Ghoddos, Alhaji Gero. (4-4-2)
Zorya Luhansk: Andriy Lunin – Evgen Opanasenko, Dmytro Grechyshkin, Oleksandr Svatok, Artem Sukhotsky – Oleksandr Andrievsky, Igor Kharatin – Oleksandr Karavaev, Silas, Artem Gromov – Iury. (4-2-3-1)