Struga is the reigning champion of Macedonia. They had a phenomenal last season, with the best defense in the league, and played also in the Cup final. The club is financially stable with a good sponsor (one of the top 5 construction companies in the country) and has a quality team to be again in the race for the title. They started the season early due to a European campaign, and were eliminated by Zalgiris in the Champions League, but were successful in the Conference League against Buducnost and Hesperang. After the undeserved defeat in the first match against Breidablik (0-1), they played the second match on Thursday in Iceland and lost again by 1-0.
Due to the bad weather conditions at Reykjavík airport, all flights were canceled on Friday, including the flight of Struga to return home from Iceland via Frankfurt. They were still in Reykjavík on Saturday, and the unpredictable delay in the team’s agenda has also worried coach Duro, given that this match is on Monday. If they arrive today in Skopje, they have an additional 4 hours of bus travel (Skopje-Struga), where half of the road is really bad (due to reconstruction works). Also, there are some problems with injuries and for sure will be a lot of rotations.
Tikves is a hard nut to crack. They have an experienced team with former national team central defender Mojsov (ex-AEK Larnaca, Vojvodina, Lierse, Brann player) as a captain. After two wins in a row in the opening two rounds, they were undeservedly defeated by Shkendija at home 1-2 (big referee mistakes). Then lost in Strumica against Brera with two goals in the last 15 minutes, and took a draw against Voska Sport. In the last days of the transfer period, they added two good ex-U21 national team players defender Stoimenovski and striker Spahiu.
If we count European competition, Struga has 4 defeats in a row and this is their 4th match in the last 11 days, plus a hard flight to Iceland will be enough to have a difficult match against the guests from Kavadarci.
P.S. The odds should drop until tomorrow
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