Thursday, July 14, starting at 20:00 Hacken and Cork City will compete in the first leg of the second preliminary round of the Europa League.
Hacken is a modest team of Swedish football championship, as evidence that have not yet won the title in the history of 75 years. Their Europa League qualification is a first, because the first time they faced the European Cups, was in the 2007/08 season. Have since participated twice, in 2011/12 and 2013/14 seasons when they left competition after the third qualifying round. This season is on the main board of the European Cup thanks to winning the cup, the first trophy in club history. Now I am in full championship, which can be an advantage for Peter Gerhardsson and his students, occupying 7th place with 19 points.
Cork City is Ireland’s second in the championship. No they are no strangers to European Cups, with 48 matches in all competitions ‘old continent’, most of them in the Champions League (20). After 2010, participation had one in the previous season, when they left the competition in the first game, 2-3 with KR Reykjavik. The fact that now arrived in the second preliminary round is a new Irish record in the club’s Europa League. In the previous round duel Linfield were a championship team in Northern Ireland, which managed to beat 2-1 on aggregate, the difference being made by Sean Maguire managed the gap, which is also one of the best tracers of the team.
This is the first meeting between the two clubs and bookmakers however see a favorite in the home team, despite winning the cup is compared with the Irish team, which has qualified due occupied second place in the Premier Division. If we compare the two championships, I would definitely bet on Allsvenskan, the performance of clubs at European level from there take a toll. So I am inclined and balance to a victory for those from Hacken, but I would not rule out a royal football, considering that Hacken gets almost as many goals as scoring.