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NS Mura welcome Storm Graz on Thursday to the Mesti Stadion Fazanerija for their first leg Europe League qualifying encounter.
With little tolerance for mistakes, both teams want to gain the upper hand before the second leg next week in Styria.
Prediction for this match
After a league defeat against Salzburg on matchday one, Sturm Graz responded with three wins to get the season going again.
Christian Ilzer‘s men took second place on Sunday with a 3-1 win in the Raiffeisen Arena at LASK and are now only three points behind the only team that has beaten them this season.
The Schwoazn now want to bring their domestic form to Europe and are looking for their first continental participation since leaving the group stage in the Europa League nine years ago.
The Austrians have scored 20 goals in their five games so far in all competitions, but were only able to score zero in one, namely against the lower division opponents ATSV Stadl-Paura.
Two years after they left the second qualifying round in Haugesund, the visitors want to show on Thursday how far they have come since then.
NS Mura had an entertaining 2-2 draw against Kalcer Radomlje on Sunday, which had to be canceled due to the weather.
Ante SimundzaThe men responded to falling behind twice in the first 45 minutes before missing a penalty in the second half just before the bout was suspended.
In the last round of the Europa League qualification, the black and whites were able to ward off the threat of the Lithuanian club FK Zalgiris with a 1-0 win in the second leg on August 12 after a 0-0 draw seven days earlier.
Thursday’s hosts are now facing the last hurdle on their way to European football for the first time since promotion to the Slovenian top division in 2018.
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Storm Graz Manprit Sarkaria came from the bench to the net twice in a 30 minute cameo last time, and he could be rewarded with a starting place.
Next Kelvin Yeboah, who have scored in three of their last four games, the duo have scored a total of eleven goals this season and come into the game in good form.
Ziga Kous was Mura’s hero in the final qualifying round where he took the winner and he will try to trump again for the hosts.
Mitja Lotric will lead the row in search of his first continental goal since joining from FC Würzburger Kickers after signing up in each of his last two home games.
NS Mura possible starting line-up:
Obradovic; Gorenc, Marusko, Karnicnik; Kous, Kozar, Bobicanec, Horvat, Sturm; Cipot, lottery
Sturm Graz possible starting line-up:
Sevenhandl; Wuthrich, Dante, Affengruber, Gazibegovic; Kuen, Stankovic, Hierländer; Kiteishvili, Yeboah, Sarkaria
Probability: NS Mura 1-2 Sturm Graz
Sturm Graz is the strongest team to enter the competition and they will want to use their current momentum. We support them in getting into the driver’s seat with a narrow away win in this second leg.
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