In the first leg of this Champions League second qualifying round encounter, Linfield will host Bodo/Glimt.
Linfield defeated TNS in the opening round of qualifying with a 2-1 overall score. They dropped the first leg 1-0, and the second leg needed a late goal to force overtime. Prior to that victory, they had dropped three straight home Champions League contests, and in the previous 14 games, 12 of them saw fewer than 2.5 goals scored.
In their last nine away games, they have only managed one victory. They defeated Ki 3-0 at home but fell short 3-1 on the return. All four of their goals, including a hat-trick in the first leg, were scored by Victor Boniface. However, they have had issues with it in their domestic league, where they are currently fourth, and it is a major concern.
Both teams are lacking in elite League experience. Although Bodo/Glimt are a superior team to their opponents, their road performance is unappealing. In each of their last two away games, they have given up three goals. It is anticipated that Linfield would win the upcoming game by a slim margin at home.