Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
Magpies and Crusaders face each other at Victoria Stadium in what is expected to be one of the most exciting games of Thursday’s program. Magpies aim to impress on their Conference League debut, but they are seen as big underdogs in the first leg. Head coach Nathan Rooney can count on amateur footballers only, who are unlikely to make life difficult for the Northern Ireland outfit.
Crusaders, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems in their last warm-up game, with the team suffering a 3-0 loss to Scottish side St. Mirren. Anyhow, Stephen Baxter’s troops will not have a better chance than this to return to winning ways as they take on the Gibraltar side in the opening match of their Conference League qualifying campaign. A man to keep an eye on in the away side will be new signing Dean Ebbe, who scored 8 goals for Bala Town in the Welsh top flight last term.