Suduva vs Crvena Zvezda for the Champions League Qualification match on Tuesday at Marijampolės Sporto Centro Stadione.
The Suduva came on the pitch last time on Wednesday, July 3rd. In a game for the 17th round of the 2019 A Lyga season, Lithuania’s First Division, which uses the annual calendar, beat Kauno Zalgiris 3-0 at home.
With this ninth win in the last ten games, including their participation in the Lithuanian Cup, they have reached 42 points. They remain at the top of the tournament table with two advantage points in comparison with Zalgiris, vice-leader.
The classification for the Champions League, however, was obtained with the national bi-championship won in 2018. Suduva finished the tournament with 67 points. Five more than Zalgiris, runner-up. As hosts, the Suduva accumulated 33 points, as visitors won 34.
The Crvena Zvezda was successful in the 2018/2019 season in the qualifiers for the Champions League. However, they were not lucky when the groups were drawn. They were placed in the group considered more complicated that had Liverpool (champion of the tournament), Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli. It ended up that they didn’t get further than the initial stage.
Won the right to try to repeat the dose by double-checking the Superliga title, the First Division of the Serbian Championship unbeaten. They added 84 points (27 wins and three draws). Nine more than Radnicki Nis, runner-up.
It took 43 points as hosts and 41 as visitors. They could not, however, do the double. In the last game last season, they lost the final of the Serbian Cup when they were beaten by Partizan, 1-0.
In preparation for their debut in the Champions League playoffs, they played four friendlies. Drew the first two against Cluj (1 to 1), of Romania, and Apollon (1 to 1), of Cyprus. They then lost to Zenit (1-0), Russia, and won the latter against BW Linz (3-1) in Austria.
Although the fact of not having competition rhythm is a difficulty to be overcome, the technical superiority of the Crvena Zvezda makes them favourites against Suduva, turning this the best option for the meeting of this Tuesday for the round of the qualifying stage of the Champions League in its 2019/2020 version.