Slovenian champions Maribor hosts Spartak Moscow at the Ljudski vrt stadium on a Champions League group stage match.
One of the worst teams going into this Champions’ League group stage, Maribor has a tough task ahead of them.
The team was placed in a group with, besides Spartak, Liverpool and Sevilla, so it is very hard to imagine that the Slovenians will be able to discuss qualifying for the next stage.
It was already a big achievement for them to reach this group stage. On their path in the Champions’ League play-offs, the team has beaten Zrinjski Mostar, Hafnarfjordur and Hapoel Beer Sheva.
In the Slovenian league, which already had 8 rounds played, Maribor sits in 2nd place with 18 points, only behind Olimpija Ljubljana.
Latest results – NK Maribor:
08.09.2017 D1 NK Maribor 0-0 NK CM Celje
05.09.2017 Cup Tabor Sezana 0-3 NK Maribor
27.08.2017 D1 Olimpija Ljubljana 0-0 NK Maribor
22.08.2017 CLQ NK Maribor 1-0 Hapoel Be’er Sheva
19.08.2017 D1 NK Maribor 3-2 NK Krsko
16.08.2017 CLQ Hapoel Be’er Sheva 2-1 NK Maribor
Latest results – Spartak Moscow:
09.09.2017 D1 Spartak Moscow 1-0 Rubin Kazan
27.08.2017 D1 SKA-Energia 0-0 Spartak Moscow
19.08.2017 D1 Spartak Moscow 3-4 Lokomotiv Moscow
12.08.2017 D1 CSKA Moscow 2-1 Spartak Moscow
09.08.2017 D1 Spartak Moscow 2-0 Arsenal Tula
06.08.2017 D1 Zenit 5-1 Spartak Moscow
Maribor vs Spartak Moscow – Betting Tip and Prediction:
After a long absence from this Champions League, Spartak Moscow has returned to the biggest club competition on the planet. The Russian title has granted the team direct access to this group stage.
The club’s current situation isn’t great and they aren’t playing like they did last season. On the Russian league, the team is only in 8th place with 12 points.
Of course, Maribor is one of the most surprising teams featured on this Champions’ League group stage. They got lucky on the draws during the qualifying rounds and they didn’t have to face any big teams on their way here. Still, they have shown their strength, especially at home.
I believe that the favouritism for the Russian side is exaggerated here. Maribor will put up a fight playing at home and they shouldn’t be battered easily.
Therefore, the Handicaps in favour of the hosts have value.
|Maribor AH +1||