Lithuanian side did well to earn a 1-1 draw in Novi Sad, although they were unlucky to concede the equalizer in the dying moments of the match. Having missed their chance to win the first leg, Vojvodina have no choice but to try and make things right in the return leg, and the Serbian side still look like the favourites to go through.
Solid defensive showing from Suduva
Suduva Marijampole are not exactly one of the most famous sides from Lithuania and even though the club have been on the uptrend over the last decade, they have yet to win the league title. The team have finished last three seasons in top 3, and they currently sit in 3rd place, albeit seven points adrift of leaders Ekranas, who have a game in hand. Suduva started the Europa League campaign with a home defeat to Latvian side Daugava, but the 3-2 victory in the return leg earned them a clash with one of Serbia’s top sides. Despite being rated as major underdogs, the Lithuanians somehow managed to survive the first leg against Vojvodina, although they were very fortunate not to concede more than one goal having been completely outplayed by their opponents. Suduva now have a good result before the return leg, but being inferior to the Serbian side in all aspects of the game, they are in for yet another difficult game.
Midfielder Gytis Urba is doubtful through injury, but all other footballers have been deemed fit to play.
Vojvodina aim to make things right
Just like Suduva, Vojvodina have finished last few league campaigns in 3rd place, albeit in a much stronger league than Lithuanian. Ever since wealthy businessman Ratko Butorovic arrived to the club, they have been investing a lot of money into new players, and they currently boast a very good squad, which is a perfect blend of experienced foreigners and talented youngsters from their own youth academy. Following some disappointing performances last season, the team have been showing a lot of improvement in pre-season, and they played a decent game against Suduva, but just couldn’t turn their dominance into goals. Everybody could see that Vojvodina are few classes above their opponents and I expect their quality to shine in the return leg. The team from Novi Sad are very determined to make amends for the unexpected slip-up in front of their own fans and it is important to note that Vojvodina tend to play better away from home.
Star striker Aboubakar Oumaru has returned to the side after attending the funeral of his father in Cameroon, but new signing Serginho Green serves the final match of his two-game ban.
Suduva may have avoided defeat in the first leg, but unless they play a perfect game I seriously doubt they can repeat the feat. Vojvodina boast plenty of quality and experience within their ranks and the Serbian side look to have what it takes to win this game.
Our prediction: Away win
Odds: 2.10 (11/10)
Bookmaker: Stan James