The first and historic edition of the Conference League kicked off yesterday (Tuesday) with the Maccabi Tel Aviv and Maccabi Haifa games brought forward due to Yom Kippur, but only tomorrow will the other first round games be held, including Israeli representatives and meetings at the Israeli delegation’s homes.
HYK Helsinki – Lusk Linz (19:45)
Maccabi Tel Aviv was based at the top thanks to 1: 4 over Armenian Alskart and now the Yellows are waiting to see what happens in the game in Finland, between the host from the fourth quality team and the Austrian rival from the first tier.
Helsinki is in first place in Finland after 19 rounds and to its credit a gap of six points over Kops in second place. She came to the Conference League through the Champions League and from there to the Europa League, after passing the Montenegrin Budućnost, surrendering to Malmö (2: 1 away and 2: 2 at home), passing Naftachi Baku (2: 2 in Azerbaijan and 0: 3) and in the playoffs lost 1: 0 in Turkey and 5: 2 to Fenerbahce in the rematch.
On the other hand, Lask Linz has recorded very respectable campaigns in the Europa League in the last two years and thanks to half a point more than Maccabi Tel Aviv, was included in the first tier. The Austrians are expected to face Maccabi Tel Aviv for first place at home, although in the league they have only six points from seven games, in fact they defeated Altrach in the opening round on July 24 and since then they have won games only in the Conference League qualifiers. Scottish Neston.
Maccabi Tel Aviv – Alshkart 1: 4
Flora Tallinn – Ghent (19:45)
History will also be recorded in Estonia, with the local champions hosting the first game of an Estonian team in the European home stage. Flora ousted the Irish Shamrock Rovers with 2: 5 in the playoffs, after the Champions League ousted the Hibernians, were ousted by Legia Warsaw and in the Europa League surrendered only at the end of a penalty shootout to Omonia Nicosia.
From Belgium will come Ghent, the team of Jonas Melda, who in the Belgian league scored just seven points in six games – the team started to get into things and won two rounds in a row, including a crazy 1: 6 over Club Brugge, but on Sunday returned to Sora with a 3: 2 home win over Charleroi, playing Bo fell behind twice, returned to the game and in the 90th minute surrendered to 10 Charleroi players. Melda has scored just one goal this season in all competitions, in the first qualifying round of the conference against Valeranga, and will hope to get off the bench and maybe even find the net after almost two months.
Famagusta Anorthosis – Partizan Belgrade (22:00)
The Cypriots advanced to the Conference League thanks to an impressive 1: 3 over Hapoel Beer Sheva in the playoffs and an Israeli team they will not meet in the near future, but the captain of the Israeli team will. Tomorrow Nicosia will host partisan Belgrade, which is in the midst of excellent momentum of four consecutive victories, during which it scored 13 goals and conceded only one and was also an own goal. It is ranked first in Serbia after seven rounds, two points ahead of the Red Star, while the Cypriots held only one league game that ended in a loss to Doxa. Beavers Natcho is expected to start in the lineup.
Rome – CSKA Sofia (22:00, live on Sport4)
Jose Mourinho is experiencing a perfect season opener in the Italian capital. In Serie A he has won all three opening rounds – including a dramatic 1.2 draw at Sassuolo on Saturday that gave him a win in his 1,000th career game – and now he hopes to record another victory in the European arena as well, perhaps all the way to a title he has no resume. In the qualifiers Rome ousted the Turkish Trabzonspor and tomorrow it will meet the Bulgarians, who managed to surprise Victoria Plzen in the playoffs – despite a 2.0 loss in the first game in the Czech Republic, they won 0: 3 at the end of 120 minutes in return. In the Bulgarian league, CSKA stumbled for the first time four days ago, in a 1.1 draw against Slavia Sofia following which it is with 10 of 12 possible points.
Bodo Glimt – Zoria (22:00)
Jabulants – Cluj (22:00), Randers – Alkmaar (22:00)
House of God
Slavia Prague – Union Berlin (19:45)
One of the most intriguing games of the opening round will be held in the Czech Republic, where the champions will host a representative from the German Bundesliga. After Maccabi Haifa and Feyenoord parted ways in a draw, it was interesting to see which of them might take advantage of it to take first place. For Union this is a first European appearance since 2001/2 and the first home stage in its history, so expectations are definitely high. In the Bundesliga, although the team won only once in four rounds, 1: 2 the strong Mönchengladbach, it ended in three draws in the other games against Bayer Leverkusen, Hoffenheim and Augsburg. On the other hand, the Czechs also slipped into the Conference League all the way from the Champions League following losses to Hungarian Franzvaros and then to Legia Warsaw. In the Slavia league with 16 points from six games.
Maccabi Haifa – Feyenoord 0: 0
Lincoln Red Imps – Pauk (19:45), Slovan Bratislava – Copenhagen (19:45)
Run – Tottenham (19:45, live on Sport4)
Two teams that have suffered stinging losses this week in the local leagues will try to recover in Europe. Ran surrendered at home 2.0 to Reims and now faces a much higher hurdle in the form of Tottenham, who were defeated 3.0 by Crystal Palace and lost for the first time this season in the Premier League.
Tottenham will face Chelsea on Sunday in the fifth round of the Premier League, so significant players like Harry Cohn can be expected to rest, but it is not inconceivable that the striker will open in the squad and be replaced according to developments – also because of the injured Yong Min Son, who was also absent from 3.0. To Palace, in doubt for a meeting with Chelsea and it does not seem that they will endanger him in France.
Teacher – Vitsa (19:45)
Another team that will participate for the first time in its history in the European home stage is the Slovenian teacher, whose Champions League was eliminated by Ludogorets, passed Zalgiris in the third qualifying round of the Europa League and in the playoffs was defeated by the Austrian Storm Graz. Tomorrow in Maribor she will host the Dutch Vitesse, Eli Desa’s team in the Dutch media it has not yet been written whether he will be included in the squad or not because of Yom Kippur. In the Conference League qualifiers, Vitesse knocked out Lior Rapalov’s Anderlecht and the Irish Dandock a round earlier, but in the Dutch league they won twice and were defeated twice, including 5: 0 in Amsterdam to Ajax.
Kyret – Omonia Nicosia (17:30), Karbah – Basel (19:45)