Spartak Moscow vs Maribor – UEFA Champions League: Spartak Moscow are the Russian champions…
And they are taking good advantage of this spot in the Champions League.
In a group with Sevilla and Liverpool, they were considered to be the 3rd strongest team and although they sit in 3rd place, Spartak, if they win, will surely return to one of the two top spots or at least tie with Liverpool.
At home, they tied 1-1 with Liverpool and they have beaten Sevilla 5-1, which means that this will theoretically be the more accessible match for the Russians, since Maribor is effectively the weaker team in this group.
Spartak is a team that plays very well at home and the team is holding on to the chance of being able to advance to the Round of 16, so they are preparing this match very thoroughly.
Maribor’s team is the weakest link in this group. To get here, they had to go through 3 qualification rounds, where they advanced successfully,
but on this group stage, the demand and quality is completely different, and Maribor has shown a lot of difficulties. They have just 1 point in 4 matches, which was conquered at home on a 1-1 draw with this same Spartak Moscow.
They still mathematically have chances to ensure a spot in the Europa League, but to do it, they are forced to win this match in Russia, otherwise, they will finish in last place of this group.
Still, I predict a defensive approach from Maribor here in Russia.
Spartak Moscow vs Maribor – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Maribor is a weaker team. Away from home they have been showing a lot of problems and I believe that the Russians will be able to get through this test without any major problems.
Liverpool and Sevilla didn’t pass in Russia and I don’t believe that it will be Maribor being able to leave Russia with a good result.
Spartak is well on track to go into the last round with clear possibilities of advancing to the Round of 16.
For that, it is crucial for them to get a win in this match, otherwise they will hardly achieve that objective because they travel to Liverpool on the last round.
I believe that the Russians will win, but this Maribor will travel to Russia to play defensively, trying to delay the Russians’ 1st goal as much as possible.
I see a one-way encounter with Spartak trying to score in the 1st half, and maybe even managing to score, but I don’t believe they will score very early and I see value on this Under 1.5 Goals at half-time.
|Under 1.5 goals HT||