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Caernarfon Town v Crusaders: How to watch, TV channel, kick-off time, head-to-head stats and team news

Welsh outfit Caernarfon host Northern Ireland's Crusaders in the first leg of their first-round qualifier in the Europa Conference League on Thursday.

Caernarfon are making their European debut after finishing fifth in the Cymru Premier last season before going on to win the play-offs, while Crusaders came fourth in the NIFL and then also won the play-offs in Northern Ireland to book their place in the Conference League qualifiers.

The second leg will be played in Belfast on Wednesday 17th July with whoever wins progressing to face Legia Warsaw of Poland in the second qualifying round.

Caernarfon Town v Crusaders

How to watch Caernarfon Town v Crusaders and TV channel

Caernarfon Town v Crusaders is being shown live in the UK on S4C and the BBC iPlayer.

Caernarfon Town v Crusaders kick-off time, date and venue

Caernarfon Town v Crusaders takes place at the Canaries' home ground, The Oval, on Thursday 11th July 2024 and kicks off at at 18:30 BST.

Caernarfon Town v Crusaders stats and head-to-head record (H2H)

The two sides have never met before as this is Welsh outfit Caernarfon's first-ever European fixture.

Town have won friendlies against Connah's Quay (3-2) and Cliftonville (2-1) this summer, while Crusaders beat Airdrieonians 3-2 before going down 3-1 to Salford in their recent friendly games.

Crusaders, in constrast to their hosts, have plenty of European experience, although they have never gone further than the second qualifying round in any competition in the modern era.

Last year, they beat Finland’s Haka in the first round of Conference League qualifying and then only lost narrowly to Norwegian side Rosenberg in extra-time in the second round.

Caernarfon Town v Crusaders team news

Caernarfon Town team news

Caernarfon lost key midfielder Sion Bradley over the summer when he joined TNS, but boss Richard Davies has some new recruits set to make their competitive debuts.

They include Matty Jones and Ryan Sears, who joined from Newtown, as well as Paulo Mendes, who has arrived from Bala Town.

Crusaders team news

Crusaders boss Declan Caddell is expected to hand Jordan Stewart his competitive debut following his move from Linfield, while other recent additions Billy Vance, Jacob Blaney and Kieran Offord will all be hoping to feature.

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