Pogon - Osijek
In the second qualifying round for the Conference league, Pogon welcomes Osijek. It is hard to determine the quality of Pogon as they haven`t played a European match in 20 years but finishing third in Poland is worth something. Osijek finished second in the HNL, just behind Dinamo Zagreb. It was the lack of proper replacements that cost Osijek in the end.
Pogon is a hard defensive team and quite a unit. They were the team with the least amount of losses at home last season and it says something. Still, a couple of players stand out. The Croatian keeper Stipica, the young Slovenian Luka Zahovic, and a hugely talented attacker – the 17-year-old Kozlowski. Those are some of a few to watch out for.
And, the coach Bjelica knows the Polish league well as he trained there for a few years. He knows what Osijek is up against so I give the advantage to Osijek. Osijek has the experience and most recently, they were eliminated from Europe by Rangers and Basel. Those were very tough matches and Osijek just needed a bit of luck to go through.
Osijek also has a better team with a couple of n.t. players that give that needed quality. Osijek should at least take a draw in this one.
*Odds are correct at the time of publishing and subject of change.
Match start: 22.07. 21:00h