The New Saints vs Decic Prediction: Two picks for Tuesday’s clash

 | Monday 8th July 2024, 10:40am

Monday 8th July 2024, 10:40am

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The New Saints will begin their 2024-25 Champions League qualifying campaign on Tuesday evening (19:00), when they take on Decic in a first qualifying round first-leg tie.

The Welsh outfit will look to make use of home advantage at Park Hall Stadium before heading to Montenegro next week. Read on for my The New Saints vs Decic prediction, as well as the latest team news and match odds.

The New Saints vs Decic Betting Tips

  • Match Result - The New Saints @ 1/2
  • The New Saints - over 2.5 goals @ 13/8

Football Odds

Team News

Brad Young was the main source of goals for TNS last season, scoring 29 times in 36 competitive appearances, and he'll be looking to kickstart the new campaign in a similar vein.

Connor Roberts is expected to start between the sticks, and he could be protected by a back four consisting of Ash Baker, Josh Pask, Danny Davies and Jordan Marshall.

As for the away side, Bojan Matic is expected to lead the line, while Igor Nikic looks likely to start in goal for Montenegrin outfit.

The New Saints vs Decic Odds

The New Saints are 1/2 favourites - or a 66.7% chance - while Decic are 9/2 to take an advantage back to Stadium Tusko Polje next week.

The draw can be backed at 3/1, while over 2.5 goals is currently priced at 8/13.

Match Result - The New Saints @ 1/2

The New Saints are regulars in the UEFA club competitions, having participated in qualifiers in each of the past 25 seasons. However, they've never advanced to the group stages of any major club competition.

If the challenge of Decic is navigated successfully, then at least three more ties across the trio of UEFA club competitions are guaranteed, meaning that there's a decent chance of TNS making history.

As mentioned in the introduction, home advantage could be key for the opening match of a season as teams look to ease themselves into a new campaign. In addition, Decic have failed to win any of their previous four European outings.

I'm backing a home win on Tuesday night.

The New Saints to win at 1-2

The New Saints - over 2.5 goals @ 13/8

TNS have scored at least two goals in 19 of their last 20 home games across all competitions, and six of their last seven competitive matches have produced three goals or more.

The Welsh champions have also scored five in each of their past two pre-season friendlies, so they head into this tie in rich goalscoring form.

Tuesday's contest has every chance of being a cagey, nervy affair, but I think TNS will come flying out of the blocks and will want to wrap the tie up here before the return leg next week.

The New Saints over 2.5 goals at 13-8


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