Progres Niederkorn vs Cork City for the Europa League qualification match on Thursday at Stade Municipal de la Ville de Differdange.
The home side managed to leave Ireland in the lead when they beat Cork City 2-0. The Luxembourg team has a foot in the next phase, thanks to their performance and the notorious improvement that the team has been doing recently. This formation already defeated Rangers in this competition in 2017, this allowed Progres to improve its performance in Europe significantly.
From what we’ve seen, this team now seems more prepared to bother stronger teams. Progres Niederkorn has shown that some quality and in this game will try to achieve a series of four wins in five matches held in various competitions.
Roland Vrabec’s men have a three-game winning streak in front of their fans after beating UT Petange (1-0) and Rumelange (3-0) and Cardiff in three very confident displays, and now they want to continue with this record, which will undoubtedly be crucial for them.
Cork City continue with adversity having no end in their European campaign, as well as being defeated at home, failed to score any goal at Turner’s Cross, losing 2-0. The team seems to have felt the loss of Gary Comerford, Shane Daly-Butz, John Kavanagh and Darragh Rainsford as well as their best scorer, Graham Cummins, and the crisis may be booming in Cork.
Now they need to find a quick solution if they want to cause some problems for the Luxembourg team and John Cotter still believes this can happen. However, I think Cork does not seem to be able to stop Progres from moving on to the next stage, as they come here in lousy form, they are haven’t won in their last nine games.
This sequence of performances meant that the team in addition to losing the first game, also in the Irish league fell to seventh place overall, and thus have little chance of qualifying to return to this competition next year.
Cork is in a terrible phase, not having won for some time, and with this lousy form that the team has presented, I give favouritism to the hosts.