Ruzomberok vs Vojvodina Prediction, H2H, Preview, Lineups & Betting Tips
MFK Ruzomberok takes on Vojvodina Novi Sad for a second decisive UEFA Europa League round as we have a clash facing “The Rose” against “Tulips”. This time Ruzomberok and Vojvodina will meet at the “MFK Ruzomberok Stadium” in Ruzomberok, a small city located in northern Slovakia, not so far from the Polish border.
Meanwhile, winner of this matchup will face Norwegian vice-champion Brann Bergen in second qualifying round of the 2017-18 Europa League.
H2H History: Ruzomberok vs Vojvodina
First leg between Ruzomberok and Vojvodina took place only a week ago, 29 June 2017, at the “Karađorđe Stadium” in Novi Sad – 2:1. Vojvodina took a comfortable 2-0 lead on half-time with a brace by Filip Malbasic but Erik Daniel scored for Ruzomberok in closing part of the game and his goal keeps the intrigue alive. Otherwise Vojvodina would have won a great advantage by scoring twice and keeping a clean sheet at home turf.
UEFA Europa League: Ruzomberok vs Vojvodina 06.07.2017
One week after round one in Novi Sad Vojvodina is heading towards Slovakia where Nenad Vanic’s men don’t have to look for victory, since a draw will be absolutely suitable as well. However, “Tulips” surely regret about the goal conceded at home and they need to be extremely careful this time. Only three years ago Vojvodina have been eliminated by a Slovak opposition in the 2014-15 Europa League qualifiers – winning 3:0 at home vs AS Trencín but losing 0:4 in Slovakia.
Now Vojvodina gained more confidence and experience as the club from Novi Sad starts its European journey from first qualifying round in two consecutive years, and they reach the playoff round. First time was in 2015 when they have knocked out Sampdoria but lost to Viktoria Plzen later on, while last season Vojvodina was eliminated by AZ Alkmaar.
On other hand Ruzomberok marked its European resurrection in Novi Sad after more than 10 years of waiting. The club from Ruzomberok finished third in season 2016-17 of the Slovak Super Liga and reached one of the European slots for the first time after winning the league in 2006. This makes Ruzomberok even more determined to get more Europa League minutes which can happen only if they win on Thursday night and best possible outcome surely is by winning with keeping a clean sheet at the same time.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Ruzomberok will be keen to benefit from its home advantage in the second leg so we do believe Norbert Hrncar will name the same squad and formation used in Serbia. Albanian midfielder Kristi Qose and Matej Kochan were both new signings who have started for Ruzomberok in Novi Sad and we can find them in the starters once more. If not, Dalibor Takac is a potential replacement of Qose in midfield, while Stefan Gerec can replace Peter Gal-Andrezly up front. Bosnian striker Nermin Haskic, who joined Ruzomberok from Polish Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biala, is also waiting for his debut.
Vojvodina’s boss Nenad Vanic will have to form new formation without two of the key-players, who have been sold out this summer. Aleksandar Palocevic (to Arouca) and Dejan Meleg (Kayserispor) were among the most important players for Vojvodina last season when the club finished third in Serbian SuperLiga.
Most likely Nenad Vanic will rely to the same squad as in Novi Sad and apparently Filip Malbasic represents biggest threat for the Slovak defense.
Ruzomberok vs Vojvodina Prediction and Betting Tips
All top online bookies are giving more chances on the home side and odds for a potential win of Vojvodina are starting from 3/1 (4.00) and reaching 5 (4/1) – 5.50 (9/2) in various bookmakers. Nevertheless, we are not so sure that Serbs should be considered for such underdogs here and we expect quite a balanced matchup. That’s why our betting prediction is influenced by the fine odds on “Both teams to score – Yes” and we recommend that market. We expect goals by both sides who have their football arguments and Bet365 offers the best betting odds on the chosen market – 2.10 (11/10).
Possible Lineups of Ruzomberok and Vojvodina
Venue: “MFK Ružomberok”, Ruzomberok.
Referee: Dennis Higler from the Netherlands.
MFK Ruzomberok: Matus Macik – Peter Maslo, Jozef Menich, Jan Maslo, Simon Kupec – Matej Kochan, Kristi Qose, Marek Sapara – Erik Daniel, Peter Gal-Andrezly, Milos Lacny. (4-3-3)
FK Vojvodina Novi Sad: Emil Rockov – Ivan Lakicevic, Nikola Kovacevic, Bogdan Planic, Dzenan Burekovic – Dusan Jovancic, Marko Vukasovic, Aleksandar Mesarovic – Filip Malbasic, Nemanja Subotic, Nikola Trujic. (4-3-3)