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Vaduz (Lie) vs Hibernians (Mlt) Prediction & Betting tips
The first qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League was already on the program last week. This week, the first round of the UEFA Europa League will be played from Tuesday to Thursday. Due to the tight schedule, there is only one game that decides on progress. The Liechtenstein cup winner Vaduz receives the Hibernians Paola from Malta.
The home side only had two and a half weeks between the end of the season and the official start of the new season. After returning to the Swiss upper house of football, however, the Frick-Elf’s self-confidence is huge. The game in the Rheinparkstadion starts on Thursday at 18:00 p.m.
The 2019/20 season ended for the team from the principality on August 10th with a 4-3 defeat against FC Thun. Nevertheless, there was great jubilation in the underdog camp, because Vaduz actually managed to return to the Swiss Super League under head coach Mario Frick. Despite a horror start to the season and budget cuts, this success was achieved, which can undoubtedly be described as a sensation.
As the only professional team in their own country, Vaduz has the right to participate in the league in Switzerland. The eleven of the capital city qualify for the international competition via the domestic cup, which is played in the principality. The balance of power, however, is clear and anything but a cup win is a surprise year after year. There are now 47 titles to book. With one exception (2012), Vaduz has been able to lift the pot since 1998.
So almost every season starts very early and Vaduz can prove itself internationally. The underdog managed to get one or two surprises. On Thursday evening, the Frick-Elf is even in the role of favorites against the team from Malta in the home stadium. In the betting base odds comparison between Vaduz and the Hibernians Paolo current odds of around 1.60 for the home win can be found.
Head coach Mario Frick was the best Liechtenstein footballer of all time and even played in Serie A for a few years. Unsurprisingly, the former striker prefers very offensive football. Vaduz scored no fewer than 78 goals in the 36 second division games last season and was also able to celebrate five direct hits in the Barrage.
Hibernians Paola has celebrated a total of twelve championship titles in the club’s history so far, the last success was in the 2016/17 season. Last season was canceled in Malta after 20 out of 26 match days. At the time, the club were third on the table, just four points behind leaders Floriana FC.
The club from Malta made its international debut in the early 1960s. Since then, the “Hibs” have been represented regularly, but the successes are extremely rare. Overall, the blatant underdog was only able to win a knockout duel three times. 1971/72 against Fram Reykjavik (Iceland), 2002/03 against Shelbourne FC (Ireland) and last season against Infonet Tallinn (Estonia).
While the team has been able to cause a surprise one or two times at home, the balance sheet abroad is absolutely sobering. The 1-0 win in Tallinn last season was the first away win since the success at Shelbourne in 2002. This was followed by no fewer than 14 defeats in 16 games.
The last competitive game played the Hibs on March 7, before the season was interrupted. The new season will kick off on September 11th. The lack of match practice is accordingly a big problem and a question mark behind the current constitution is imperative. In the run-up to the game in the principality, the Maltese have only played two friendlies.