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Preview: Hajduk Split vs. Vitoria de Guimaraes - Predictions, Team News, Lineups

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Sports Mole previews Thursday’s European Conference League match between Hajduk Split and Vitoria de Guimaraes, including predictions, team news and expected line-ups.

hajduk split host Vitoria de Guimaraes on their first leg european conference league Third qualifying round on Thursday.

The Croatians qualified directly for this stage after finishing second in the domestic league last season, but Guimaraes beat Puskas Academy in the previous round.

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In fact, second place in the Hajduk split represents the club’s best league performance since the 2011-12 season.

Croatia has been a de facto one-team league in recent years, with Dinamo Zagreb winning 16 of their last 17 top tier titles.

As a result, most teams are often battling for second place, a somewhat depressing reality for a club that reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League in 1995, but Hajduk Split’s performance last season was impressive. It is

head coach Valdas Danbrauskas As the man tasked with leading the Masters from the Sea past the qualifying stages of European competition for the first time since the 2010-11 Europa League campaign, Guimaraes represents the tricky obstacles to overcome. .

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After all, Guimaraes are pretty used to competing in the big European games these days, having reached the group stages of the Europa League three times in the last nine seasons.

Since being promoted in the 2006-07 season, they have consistently punched overweight and never finished lower than 10th in Portugal’s top league.

However, the Conquerors have lost their top goalscorer for the past two seasons. Oscar Estupinan Departs for championship side Hull City with head coach Pepa Following his star striker out the door after receiving a big-money offer from Al-Tay of Saudi Arabia.

The Portuguese side, who finished sixth in the Primeira Liga last season, dealt with these setbacks admirably, beating Hungary’s Puskas Academy 3-0 in the second leg, but they were stunned when they headed to Croatia on Thursday. will undoubtedly face greater challenges.

Hajduk Split Forms (all competitions):

Vitoria de Guimaraes European Conference League form:

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Nicolas Otamendi in Benfica and Abdul Moomin in Vitoria Guimaraes © Reuters

Hajduk Split looks injury-free heading into Thursday’s game.

So Danbrauskas could use the same XI as they did in their 2-0 win over NK Istra 1961 at the weekend.

Guimaraes, on the other hand, is not Thomas Handel Available to them because the midfielder suffers from muscle strain.

It would be amazing if any changes were made from the starting line-up that had done its professional work in Hungary last Thursday.

Candidates for Hajduk Split’s starting lineup:
Kalinic; Mikanovich, Bolevkovic, Simic, Melnyak. Grgic, Vukovic; Murakar, Krobinovic, Biuk.Livaya

Candidates for Vitoria de Guimaraes’ starting XI:
Barrera; Maga, Amaro, Moomin, Ogawa. Semedo, Tiago Silva, Dani Silva.Lameiras, Andre Silva, Jota Silva

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Hajduk split 1-0 Vitoria de Guimaraes.

Hajduk Split believes they can capitalize on their lack of organization on and off the pitch by securing a vital first leg advantage.

Whether they will prove good enough to see them advance to the next round is another matter, but they can defend something in Portugal next week.

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