Maribor – Spartak Moscow: Preview & Prediction
The fact is: Maribor goes as a cool outsider in this CL group stage. For the Darko Milanic team it will be a matter of collecting experience at the highest level. Nevertheless, the Slovenes will not be defeated without a fight, so the home game against Spartak Moscow and the club against which one is most likely to be the most likely to score is important. If you look at the season start of the Milanic elf, then a surprise is possible on Wednesday. In the Slovenian championship, you will be fully booked in the Planoll after eight days of play. Only Ljubljana currently still scores two points ahead of Maribor at the Tabellenspitze. Still, 18 counters from eight games are not too bad. In addition, the 14-time Slovenian champion is still without defeat, celebrated five victories so far and reached three draws. However, this also means that Maribor has been victorious for two games. But not only that, the underdog did not even get a hit. In general, we see the offensive as the very big problem zone of the Slovenes, if one is aware of the much higher pace in the Champions League. If you can not beat a team like NK Celje, it will be difficult to beat Spartak Moscow. In addition, Maribor was not able to convince him, especially in his own stadium. While they scored eight goals in three home games, only five goals were scored in five home games. However, the Slovenes are still in the home of the 2017/2018 season without defeat, they have won two victories and a draw in three qualifying rounds, with a total of only one contender. The opponents were, however, Mostar, Hafnarfjördur and Beersheva. Systematically, the Slovenian champion can be expected in a 4-2-3-1, with the main attention probably being on the defense, and accordingly the ball possession of the opponent will be a 4-5-1.
Spartak’s masterpiece in the pre-season came as a surprise when the competition in the Russian Premier League was brought to light. Of course, the quality of the team is all the more important when it comes to teaming up against teams like Zenit St. Petersburg and Stadtrivale ZSKA. Especially since the gain of the master title was anything but undeserved. Spartak finished with seven points ahead. However, what was noticeable in the previous year was that they had a lot more problems than in their own stadium. Of the 15 away games, the Russians won eight, but they also had to take four out of five season-finders in a foreign country. The international parade, on the other hand, was a too hot pavement for the capital club, but they were already in the qualification for the Europa League sensational against AEK Larnaka from Cyprus. The home game was completely lost with 0: 1, abroad it was only for a 1: 1 draw. Fact is also that the new season 2017/2018 for the Russian champion is not yet as desired. After nine games, they are only eighth in the table, only one third of their previous matches have been finished. All these three successes were celebrated in front of the audience and without a goal. Not a good omen so for an international away game. While Maribor has to fight offensive, it is with the Russians the defensive, the worries. 13 contenders in nine games are simply too much for a club with the claims of Spartak. Nine of these 13 contenders were conceded in away games. However, there are also positive things to report: on the one hand the fact that Spartak was able to return to the Siegerstraße after three unsuccessful games in series and to force Rubin Kazan to the knees with a 1: 0, on the other hand the fact that this game already the second in which they stayed without a match, Spartak had previously scored 0-0 against Khabarovsk.
Maribor – Spartak Moscow: Betting Tips
Spartak Moscow win – Odds: 2.00
Over 2 goals – Odds: 1.65