Partizan Belgrade caused a lot of discontent in the nation’s capital after losing both legs against the Bulgarians in the qualifiers for the Champions League. Now they have to settle for Europa League and in order to get there, they need to defeat Thun, a team that never played in the European competition.
Bet: Partizan Belgrade
Odds: Pinnacle Sports 1.93
Home pitch advantage used to be huge for Partizan Belgrade but coach Rasovic turned the team from an offensive minded one into a risk-averse squad. Overly concerned not to concede goals, he frequently used a 4-5-1 starting formation which eventually backfired and it seems like he returned to the squad featuring two strikers. Mitrovic and Kojic played in the last two games and the former even scored three goals in the narrow margin of victory against Novi Pazar one week ago.
Thun sits on the seventh place in the domestic championship with five points after five rounds, hardly an impressive percentage. Their main priority is to make the group stage of Europa League for the first time in club history and in order to achieve that, they will need to avoid defeat in Belgrade. Martinez is the only striker to feature in their starting formation after the Venezuelan scored 3 goals in 4 games, but it is very likely that he will get stranded in the offense.
It is always preferable to choose experience over form, so despite their recent struggles the best bet for this fixture is Partizan Belgrade to win the first leg. Pinnacle Sports has odds of 1.93 for this outcome, slightly above average and decent enough for punters willing to double their investment.