BK Hacken closer to playoffs

BK Hacken closer to playoffs

BK Hacken is looking to build from their two-goal advantage against FK Zalgiris, to ensure their spots for the playoffs of the Europa League qualifiers. The first leg between the two teams ended with a 3-1 win for Hacken, after Zalgiris failed to climb back. Coming into this game, Hacken are 90 minutes away from earning their playoff spot. However, Zalgiris will not let that happen, as they are looking to climb back from their two-goal disadvantage. Coming into this match, Hacken and Zalgiris has a different momentum, which might affect their result here. This is only the second match between these two teams with their first match being their first leg. The second leg between Hacken and Zalgiris is on August 18, 2023, at 1:00 AM (GMT+8), as Hacken play as hosts.

BK Hacken

Europa League Qualifiers" BK Hacken
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Hacken were able to win their first leg in a 3-1 score line, which increases their chances of qualifying for the next round. Goals from Srdan Hrstic, and Mikkel Rygaard Jensen helped Hacken to have a three-goals lead. However, the opponent was able to score a single goal, giving Hacken only with two-goal lead. As they finally have the advantage, Hacken are hoping to enter the playoffs of the contest for the first time in their history. This is not impossible though, considering their lead, but they must protect that lead to win the series. If they are fortunate enough to win this match, it will be their debut in a major competition, which will be historic for them. Moreover, they are fortunate that they defeated Varbergs BolS in a 2-0, giving them confidence here.

They have absentees coming into this game, with Simon Gustafson, and Blair Turgott due to their injuries. Amor Layouni is likely to keep his place in the front line, as he continues to provide goals for Hacken.

FK Zalgiris

Europa League Qualifiers: FK Zalgiris
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Zalgiris on the other hand has a mountain to climb in this match to overturn their results in this match, as they are down by two goals. Although they are capable of tearing down that lead, a disadvantage is still a disadvantage. Fortunately, they were able to score a dominating win in their domestic league, which could give them the confidence here. They had a 4-0 win against Hagelmann Litauen, giving them the confidence here. It was their first league win in three games, but they are fortunate that it came at the right time, as they earned a momentum here. However, when going against a Swedish squad, they are not doing well, as they only had one win from their nine matches against them. This match will be a tough one for Zalgiris, so they need to go all-out here.

Zalgiris are fortunate that they have Mathias Oyewusi, who have been sensational for them, as he is needed the most in this match.

Prediction:

BK Hacken (1.5)
Odds: -0.86
BK Hacken to win on aggregate (4-1)

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