Zorya will play its first official match in the new season.
Thursday, August 4, Luhansk “Dawn” will hold the first match of the third round of qualification Conference leagues season 2022/23 against the Romanian “Universitati”.
Nominally, the Ukrainian club will have to play a home match in the Polish city of Lublin at the Arena Lublin stadium. The match will be served by the Bulgarian referee Georgy Davidov.
For Zorya, this will be the first match of the new season. During the off-season, the club changed its head coach – instead of Viktor Skrypnyk, who went to Vorsklacommand received by the former head of the Shakhtar academy Patrick van Leeuwen.
Last UPL season, which ended ahead of schedule due to Russia’s full-scale invasion, Zorya finished fourth.
“Universitate” is the bronze medalist of the championship of Romania. In the new European Cup season, the team from Craiova started from the second qualifying round of the Conference League, where they left out of the tournament the owner of the Albanian Cup – Vlaznia. The away match ended in a fighting draw (1:1), and on their field the players of “Universitati” achieved a confident victory with a score of 3:0.
Zorya – Universitataya: forecast
Bookmakers have not identified a clear favorite of the upcoming meeting. The coefficient for Zorya’s victory is 2.25, for a draw – 3.25, and for Universitati’s victory – 2.65.
As for the chances of getting into the next round of the Conference League, then the bookmakers consider the Romanian club to be the favorite.
Zorya’s entry into the playoffs is estimated at 2.25, and Universitati at 1.60.
Zorya – University: live stream
In Ukraine, the duel of the Lugansk club will be shown by the 2+2 TV channel with a delay of 15 minutes. The game will also be broadcast live by the TV channel “Setanta Sports”.
The starting whistle will sound at 20:30 Kyiv time.
Let’s add that the return match between “University” and “Zorya” is scheduled for August 11.
The winner of this confrontation will advance to the playoff round of the Conference League, where will play against the winner of the pair “Lugano” (Switzerland) – “Hapoel Beer Sheva” (Israel). For the losing team, the European Cup season will end.