The New Saints vs Feronikeli Match Info
Date: Tuesday July 9 2019
Kick-off time: 7.00pm BST
Venue: Park Hall
Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann (Malta)
The New Saints vs Feronikeli Head-To-Head Record
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The New Saints vs Feronikeli Stats
- The New Saints are competing in the Champions League qualifiers for the ninth time in the last 10 years
- On five of those previous eight occasions, they won their opening tie
- But TNS have won only four of their last 16 European home matches
The New Saints vs Feronikeli Match Preview
The New Saints, who once got within one round of the Europa League group stage, begin their 2019-20 continental campaign against opponents who have already won their own little Champions League competition.
Feronikeli are from Kosovo, the latest country to be added to the UEFA family, and consequently they had to start from the bottom to work their way up the rankings at both international and club level – and so far the portents have been promising on both counts.
Two weeks ago, the Kosovan champions took on their equivalents from Gibraltar, San Marino and Andorra in their own capital city, Pristina, for one place in the first qualifying round. Semi-finals and a final took place as one-off matches and after beating Lincoln Red Imps of Gibraltar, Feronikeli won 2-1 against Andorra’s FC Santa Coloma to advance.
That preliminary-round triumph will have given Feronikeli some vital match practice and experience for they are competing in Europe for the first time, having ended a three-year wait to claim their domestic league title and with Kosovo only joining UEFA in 2017.
TNS, meanwhile, will feel this tie gives them a good chance of clearing the initial Champions League hurdle, as they did in three of the four previous seasons, albeit against opposition of similar quality to that which Feronkeli beat in the preliminary round.
It may not be enough to guarantee them a date with Danish champions FC Copenhagen later this month, but the Welsh club are backed to gain an advantage to take to the town of Drenas next week.
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The New Saints vs Feronikeli Betting Tips
The New Saints to win @ 10/11 with William Hill
Over 2.5 goals @ Evens with William Hill