After suffering elimination from UEFA Europa League round 3 qualifiers in the hands of AEK Larnaca, Partizan hosts Hamrun (MLT) for a UEFA Europa Conference League play-off round first leg. The Maltese side beat Levski Sofia after penalty shoot out to reach the final qualifying stage of the competition.
Partizan v Hamrun kick-off time: 9pm CET.
Queensy Menig and Sinisa Sanicanin are back in contention while Aleksandar Lutovac and Andrija Pavlovic are doubtful.
Partizan boss Gordan Petric ahead of Hamrun home:
-We have to do our homework to be better than a team who already played six European encounters this season. I hope players picked up in a past few days and managed to beat psychological barriers around them.
If we qualify for the group stage and achieve better performances in general, boys will leave the crisis period behind them.I told them I`ve been there twice – with Partizan and Crystal Palace. These things happen and it`s on them to move forward. It`s simple. Sometimes, the ball is round, sometimes it`s square, we want to get it back to its original shape.
We analysed Hamrun yesterday, we`ll do it again today. This is not the Maltese side, it`s full of foreign imports. I watched them against Levski and they were a bit lucky to go through. They are one uncomfortable side and we need to do our homework to be on the required level.