Match date: 26 Jul 2016
| Sport: Football
| Competition: UEFA Champions League
| Stake: 10/10
| Pick: 2
| Match result:
0-1 - Won
Albanian team Partizani are playing for the second time in last 8 years in Europe, in previous season were eliminated in first round of Europa league qualifications by Norwegian Stromsgodset, they are now welcoming Austrian Salzburg in third round of Champions league qualifications, in second round managed to eliminate Hungarian Ferencvaros after penalty shootout. Hosts had a bit of luck to reach qualifications for Champions league, they ended at second spot in Albanian first league but after Champions Skenderbeu were suspended by UEFA they replaced them and now must show some really incredible skills to overcome decent Austrian side. Hosts were good in previous season and in the end had only five points less than Champions Skenderbeu, however quality of their league can't be compared to Austrian and I really don't believe that will manage to achieve positive outcome here, this will probably be the end of their European journey unless show some amazing skills, still I can't see how they can confront to a strong guests here. They have lack of experience in European matches and I don't believe that have enough quality to overcome one of the strongest Austrian teams.
Salzburg meanwhile eliminated Latvian Liepaja in previous round and should be able to reach final round without bigger problems. However they didn't started new season in Austrian Tipico Bundesliga very well, in first round were defeated by Sturm Graz with two goals margin away from home and must go for a victory here and take advantage here, they aren't under pressure here and must consolidate their squad after that defeat. Guests won the title in Austria in last three season, after that defeat in opener must try to get back on the track as soon as possible, in preseason matches were decent and in last 25 matches suffered only two defeats, i'm sure that will celebrate here and get back on winning track. They are offensive minded team and i'm sure that will score couple of goals in this game. Visitors won double crown in Austria in three previous seasons but in Europe didn't had much success, in last season were eliminated in qualifications by Belarus Dinamo Minsk, before that reached Europa league group stage and after decent performances in group were eliminated in first round of knockout phase by Villarreal, all in all they had more than decent previous season in league, now must give their best to win placement into Champions league and i'm convinced that will achieve victory in this game.
Partizani are outsiders in this match, they had luck in previous round to overcome Hungarian team but here are facing with much stronger side and difference in quality seems to be huge, Salzburg are having great team and i'm sure that will take advantage here and peacefully wait for the rematch.