Our prediction for this Champions League match:
As expected, Crvena Zvezda rolled over Suduva at their Rajko Mitic stadium in the first leg of the Champions League second qualifying round. The Serbian champions proved their worth in the 3-0 win over the Lithuanian side and they are now on a quest to defend their big lead. Crvena Zvezda coach, though, said that the Serbs will go for a win in the return leg and there is every chance the visitors will stick to their attacking style of play. A man to watch in the away team will be Nemanja Radonjic, who scored a brace in the first leg. Suduva did well to eliminate APOEL in the first qualifying round, but seeing that they failed to impress in the 3-0 loss to the Serbian champions, we do not believe that there is a value in betting on the underdogs this time out.
Highlighted Team (Crvena Zvezda):
Crvena Zvezda are the most famous club in Balkans. The Crveno-beli have 19 Yugoslav First League titles and have won eight domestic trophies since the breakup of Yugoslavia. Crvena Zvezda won their last league title in the 2015/2016 season, with the team finishing the campaign no less than 28 points clear of Partizan.
Speaking of Partizan, the Crno-beli are considered Crvena Zvezda’s bitterest rivals and the two teams meet in the “Eternal derby” (Veciti derbi). The capital club did well to win the European Cup title in 1991, with the team beating Olympique Marseile on penalties in the title game. That is considered the club’s biggest success, but it has to be noted that the Serbian club won the International Cup later in 1991. Crvena Zvezda outclassed Colo Colo of Chile (3-0) at National Stadium in Tokyo.
The likes of Dejan Savicevic, Vladimir Jugovic, Dragan Stojkovic, Dragoslav Sekularac, Rajko Mitic, Dusan Savic, Nemanja Vidic and Dejan Stankovic are some of the famous footballers who played for Crvena Zvezda in the past.