Kick Off: 1930, 04/07/2017
Stadium: San Marino Stadium
Linfield will be looking to wrap up a lucrative clash with Celtic when they travel to San Marino to face La Fiorita in the second leg of their Champions League qualifier.
The Northern Ireland title holders would have liked a more emphatic victory than 1-0 in Belfast last week but are still hot favourites to progress from this tie.
David Healy’s side will seek to keep it tight again in the return fixture and 5/4 they secure another win to nil is the first of our La Fiorita vs Linfield betting tips.
A Look At La Fiorita’s Betting Odds
Sammarinese champions La Fiorita had goalkeeper Gianluca Vivan to thank for keeping them in contention at Windsor Park.
Vivan saved Aaron Burns’ second-half spot-kick and also kept out efforts from Paul Smyth and Jordan Stewart after the break.
La Fiorita had almost taken the lead against the run of play seven minutes before half-time when Jose Hirsch got on the end of Danilo Rinaldi’s cross, but his effort trickled just wide of the goal.
However, a European home record of five straight defeats, with no goals scored and 16 conceded, hardly augurs well for the hosts and we like 11/2 for a 2-0 away win from the La Fiorita vs Linfield odds.
A Look At Linfield’s Betting Odds
The relief was there for all to see when Stewart finally put Linfield ahead in the opening encounter, rounding two defenders and the keeper for an 89th-minute strike.
It was a game that Linfield dominated, though, with Mark Stafford hitting the post in the first half and La Fiorita offering little in return.
With up to £1million at stake from two legs against Celtic, Healy said: “I believe we are a better team and I think we proved that. I believe we definitely have enough to get through.”
We’re rounding off our La Fiorita vs Linfield predictions by taking 23/20 for the Blues to lead at half-time and full-time in the second leg.
LINFIELD 1-0 LA FIORITA – Jordan Stewart
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