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Neither Ljubljana nor Mostar could ever successfully qualify for the group stage of the Europa League. The Slovenes tried their luck seven times, but only made it into the play-offs once, in which they lost out. For the Bosnians, after five attempts to date, the third round at the latest has always ended.
In the run-up to the second round match between Olimpija Ljubljana and Zrinjski Mostar, the bookmakers’ odds are clearly pointing towards the Slovenes, as the odds comparison of the betting base reveals.
However, the prognosis for Olimpija Ljubljana against Zrinjski Mostar has to take into account that the guests in the national league are currently experiencing a small lull, especially offensively. The red-whites only scored four goals in their first six league games, but conceded only three goals. Really many goals were not scored by the Slovenes either. There have been two hits in only two league games.
The Slovenian association NK Olimpija Ljubljana has existed since 1911, and its golden days go back to the 1990s. Between 1992 and 1995, the club celebrated four consecutive championships in Slovenia and won the national cup twice before the deep fall began just a decade later.
In 2005, the heavily indebted club was dissolved due to its financial problems and re-established in the fifth Slovenian league. Thanks also to the active help of the loyal fans, the club then succeeded in four ascents in a row, which sealed the return to the top division of the country.
Since then, the club, which goes by the name of Zmaji (in German: the dragons), has been an integral part of the Prva Liga again, in which there were two more state championships to be celebrated in 2016 and 2018. Only the qualification for an international competition has always been missed by the green-whites without exception.
In 2018/19 they were close when they at least reached the play-offs, but lost 3-1 on a two-way leg to Spartak Trnava. Last year was already the end of round two, which now has to be overcome against Zrinjski Mostar.
In the run-up to the game between Olimpija Ljubljana and Zrinjski Mostar, the bookmakers’ odds are definitely in the direction of the dragons.
However, the kite’s start to the season didn’t really go smoothly. In the Europa League, the Slovenes continued to shake at home in extra time against outsider Vikingur Reykjavik and in the league they only played two draws.
But that can be explained. Not only does Ljubljana have a very inexperienced coach in Dino Skender, who only came in June, but the Slovenians had to compensate for no less than 14 departures.
The HSK Zrinjski Mostar was founded in 1905 and is generally considered to be the oldest still existing football club in Bosnia and Herzegovina, although there are certain other clubs that also claim this status quo.
The more spectacular this award sounds, the less spectacular is the list of successes of the team, which is also known as Plemići (in German: the nobles). The club, located in the south of the country, has only celebrated the national championship six times. The red-whites won the Bosnian Cup only once.
Last season, Mostar finished third in the table with eleven wins from 22 games and thus qualified for the sixth time for the qualifying rounds for the Europa League, in which, however, it has never gone beyond the third round.
Particularly noteworthy is the defense of the nobles, who only scored twelve goals in these 22 league games. By far the best value in the entire Bosnian-Herzegovinian Premjer League.
After six games in the new season, it can be stated that the defensive of coach Mladen Zizovic is still working well despite 15 departures, all of which were replaced by free transfers. With only three goals conceded, the red-whites finally have the best defense in the country again, which is why the tip of under 2.5 goals at Olimpija Ljubljana against Zrinjski Mostar brings a lot of value.
The offensive, which only scored four league goals, is as weak as the defensive. All the more remarkable was the clear 3-0 victory in the first qualifying round of the Europa League, in which there was also a home game against the Luxembourg underdog FC Differdange, which was not a significant touchstone even for the Bosnian club.