Randers vs. Hamburger SV

In Football, UEFA Europa League on July 27, 2009 at 12:31

By Joe,

HamburgerSVBruno Labbadia

Just a short trip across the borders, Hamburger SV will be to traveling to Denmark to face Danish outfits, Randers FC in the third qualifying round in the UEFA Europa League.  Both teams managed to qualify for the UEFA Europa League competition by literally grabbing the last available spot in their respective leagues. Hamburger SV are favorites to advance to the next round.

Randers FC finished last year 5th in the Danish SAS Liga and currently placed in the lower end of the newly started SAS liga season. They played in the 2nd round of the UEFA Europa League and beat Lithuanian FK Suduva 2-1 on aggregate. They only managed a draw against Suduva at Essex Park in the 2nd leg. Former Arsenal player and current Randers Coach, John Faxe Jensen will be pulling out all his experience in order to keep Randers in the European competition as this is their 2nd attempt in European football in the last 25 years. A few key players, Søren Berg, Carsten Fredgaard, Tobias Grahn and Marc Nygaard have played in foreign clubs before and they will be the ones Randers will depend on if they were to advance to the next round.

Hamburger SV needs no introduction, they are regulars in European competitions either in Champions League or the old UEFA cup tournaments. The Germans had a chance to win three trophies last season, but ended 5th in the Bundesligaen and managed to reach UEFA Cup semifinals. Their disappointing season saw Coach Martin Jol leave for Ajax Amsterdam and with  four other players departing with Hamburger SV. New Coach Bruno Labbadia was brought in by the club and he has already secured the signings of Marcus Berg, Ze Roberto and Eljero Elia. In their training matches, HSV won the T-Home Cup by beating Stuttgart in the Final and recently beat the reigning Dutch league champions 1-0, scored by Mladen Petric. HSV looks ready for the season to start.

This could be a tough tie for Randers to encounter. The Danes need to play up to their best against HSV or otherwise it could be very embarrassing score line on aggregate. The Germans will be looking to take at least an away goal back to Hamburg. Look at Betfair are offering  odds 1.33 for  the Germans.

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