Linfield vs Rosenborg for the Champions League Qualification match on Wednesday at Windsor Park Stadium, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Linfield’s preparatory stage for the 2019/2020 season has not produced results that could cheer their fans. The team made three friendly matches and left the field defeated in all tests. It was beaten by Dinamo Bucharest, Romania; by Motherwell, Scotland; and St. Johnstone, also Scottish.
A bucket of cold water after winning the 2018/2019 NIFL Premiership, the First Division of the Irish Championship, the second in three years, by accumulating 85 points They had seven more than Ballymena, who had to settle for the vice-championship.
Acting in their domains, Linfield accumulated 43 points, completing their participation as third best in this regard. Its differential for the achievement of the trophy was the campaign as a visitor, in which they scored 42 points nine more than Ballymena.
Norway, due to weather conditions, does not follow the schedule pattern in which the season starts in the second half of one year and continues through the end of the other. The 2019 edition of the Eliteserien, the First Division of the Norwegian Championship, is on its 15th day.
Rosenborg made their most recent appearance on Wednesday, July 3rd. As a visitor, they beat Ranheim 3-2. They reached the 21-pointer level and occupies a modest seventh position on the leaderboard. It’s nine points below Molde, leader.
Their place in the Champions League qualifiers was won with the league title of last year. They conquered Eliteserien for the fourth consecutive time by reaching 64 points. They had five more than the Molde, runner-up.
At home, they reached 32 points (nine wins, five draws and one defeat), being overtaken by Molde, who won two more. As a visitor, however, they were lethal having scored 32 points (ten wins, two draws and three losses), seven more than the runner-up.
With a competitive pace and showing recovery, Rosenborg while playing outside their dominions, has a prediction of success against Linfield as the best option for Wednesday’s meeting in the first leg of the Round of 16 qualifiers for Champions League version 2019/2020.