The match between Shkendija of Northern Macedonia and Kalju of Latvia opens on Tuesday, July 16, the round of the second qualifying round to define the last participants of the 2019/2020 League of Nations Champions of Europe. The duel will be held at the National Arena Toshe Proeski in Skopje, Northern Macedonia, starting at 12 noon (Brasília time).In the first game, the Macedonian team, even outside their domains, won by 1-0. Thus, it will advance to the next stage where the winner of the match between Celtic (Scotland) and Sarajevo (Bosnia and Hezbol) will face. better again or even in case of a tie. The visitors are left with a minimum margin victory, but only if they score at least two goals. In case of return of the scoreboard, it will be necessary to carry out an extension.The Champions League qualifiers have four stages. The first, called the preliminary phase, was completed. Fought by only four teams had as winner the KF Feronikeli, of Kosovo. In the second round, 32 teams fight for survival in round-robin bouts. Advances those who add more points. Balance of goals and away goals scored as tiebreaking criteria. Prolonging and deciding by penalty are the final resources for definition.
The first leg can be considered rather slim in the face of Shkendija’s offensive play. With wide possession (68% of the time), the team from Northern Macedonia managed to create 20 finishing chances and sent 40% of them in the right direction. However, he only put the ball in the net in the 36 minutes of the final stage through a penalty shootout executed by Ibraimi.The team has as mitigating the fact of being in its preseason. To start the Champions League play-offs, he made just three friendly matches. He was defeated on July 23 by Zlin of the Czech Republic 1-0. Four days later, he beat Zilina from Slovakia on the same score. It closed the schedule when taking 3 to 0 of the Zorya, of the Ukraine, on 1 of July.The right to contest the continental tournament was obtained with the title of the Prva League version 2018/2019, the First Division of the Macedonian Championship. He added 79 points (24 wins, seven draws and five losses). They were 15 more than the Vardar, runner-up. As principal, he placed 42 points (13 wins, three draws and two losses) in the account. In terms of visitor, he added 37 (11 wins, four draws and three losses).
Kalju, on the other hand, is in a competitive rhythm, as Meistriliiga, the Estonian First Division, adopts the annual calendar and had the final weekend of its 19th matchday. The team, however, anticipated his commitment of the day to be able to concentrate on the training in order to seek the reaction in the confrontation with the rival of the North Macedonia.With 39 points (11 wins, six draws and two losses), Kalku is fourth on the leaderboard. It is the first out of the zone to qualify for international tournaments next season. Has the same score of Paide, third place, taking advantage only when the tiebreaker criteria are used. The difference for Flora, leader, is ten points.The berth for the Europa League qualifiers was won by the Estonian Championship title in 2018, with 86 points (25 wins and 11 draws). They were two more than Levadia, runner-up. As the manager, Kalju accumulated 46 points (14 wins and four draws). As a visitor, he has won 40 (11 wins and seven draws).
Football Prediction of the Day Shkendija vs Kalju
Even with the home factor in their favor and being in a competitive pace, Kalju was completely dominated by Shkendija in the first game. Now in the home of the rival, the prognosis in the success of the team of North Macedonia is the best guess for the confrontation for the round back of the second qualifying round for the 2019/2020 Champions League.