FK Bodo/Glimt vs Valur Reykjavik Preview 29/07/2021

We have reached the second leg of the second qualifying round for the Europa Conference League.

This is a new competition organised by UEFA with the hope it will give some of the smaller clubs around Europe an opportunity to progress in a European competition. On Thursday the 29th of July we have a meeting between Bodø/Glimt and Valur Reykjavík at the Aspmyra Stadion in Norway.

Ny uke, nye muligheter! 👏 #glimt

— FK Bodø/Glimt (@Glimt) July 26, 2021

Bodø/Glimt come into the match having recorded a good 3-0 victory in the first leg in Iceland. The Norwegians opened the scoring with only 5 minutes remaining of the first half and quickly added two additional goals at the beginning of the second half, taking the game away from their opponents in a 15 minute spell.

Interestingly, that was the first victory for Bodø/Glimt in 6 attempts and they followed it with another win, this time away at Rana in the Norwegian Cup. It was a match they were always expected to win against third division opposition but will only add to the confidence of Bodø/Glimt ahead of the second leg of this Europa Conference League tie.

Bodø/Glimt started their European campaign in the Champions League first qualifying round but were eliminated from the competition by Legia Warsaw. Bodø/Glimt lost the home leg 3-2 but will be expecting a more comfortable night in the home leg of this tie.

Valur Reykjavík will be extremely disappointed to be coming into this match having lost the home leg 3-0. It appeared as though they were well in the game going into half time but having conceded a goal in the 40th minute things quickly got away from Valur Reykjavík at the beginning of the second half. It proved a costly 10 minutes and Valur Reykjavík conceded two goals which have taken the tie away from them ahead of this game.

Like their opponents, Valur Reykjavík returned to domestic action on the weekend and they recorded a good 3-0 win at HK. It took until the 44th minute for Valur Reykjavík to get the first goal of the game and they added a second just after half time before sealing the points in the 66th minute.

Valur Reykjavík have previously participated in the Champions League qualifying rounds but have lost each of their last 5 games in the competition.

Team news and Bodø/Glimt have three players unavailable for this game, with Sondre Sørli, Ola Solbakken, and Victor Boniface on the treatment table.

Valur Reykjavík will hope striker Patrick Pedersen can add to his goal from the weekend and give them a good start. Icelandic international goalkeeper Hannes Halldórsson is going to have to have a great game if Valur Reykjavík are to win.

Considering the score in the first leg of this tie, Bodø/Glimt must come into this match as the overwhelming favourites to win the game.

We could even see a repeat of the final score from the first leg as Bodø/Glimt keep a clean sheet on their way to victory.

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