Gzira United vs Hajduk Split Match Info
Date: Tuesday July 9 2019
Kick-off time: 5.00pm BST
Venue: Centenary Stadium, Ta’ Qali
Referee: Gal Leibovitz (Israel)
Gzira United vs Hajduk Split Head-To-Head Record
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Gzira United vs Hajduk Split Stats
- Gzira United have lost four of their six previous European matches to nil
- The exceptions were in last season’s Europa League preliminary round when they won both games against a team from Andorra
- Hajduk Split have won their opening European tie in each of the last seven seasons
Gzira United vs Hajduk Split Match Preview
Hajduk Split are consistently good at negotiating their opening European hurdle and are expected to do so again as they begin their 2019-20 campaign against Gzira United.
The last time the Croatian club fell at the first obstacle was in 2011-12, against Stoke City who had been runners-up in the previous season’s FA Cup – although you have to go back to the season before that to find the last time Hajduk contested the Europa League group stage.
One of Croatia’s most famous teams, Hajduk have not been their country’s domestic champions since 2005 and last term they finished fourth in the league to winners Dinamo Zagreb, hence why they enter the Europa League at this initial stage.
In terms of personnel, Hajduk will be disappointed to have lost the services of Ante Palaversa, the 19-year-old midfielder they sold to Manchester City in January. He was due to stay on loan with Hajduk until the end of this season, but instead City have recently arranged a similar deal with Belgian club Oostende.
Gzira United, meanwhile, lost 5-0 on aggregate to a Serbian club in last season’s Europa League qualifiers after knocking out a team from Andorra. Their only previous campaign was in 1973-74 when they lost 9-0 on aggregate to Norwegian side Brann.
The Maltese outfit are likely to be outclassed here and Hajduk’s solid record of making at least some progress in each recent European campaign is likely to remain intact.
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Gzira United vs Hajduk Split Betting Tips
Hajduk Split -2 on the handicap @ 29/20 with Unibet
Hajduk Split to score over 2.5 goals @ Evens with Unibet