Date: August 5, 2014
Venue: Antonis Papadopoulos, Larnaca
Kick-Off Time: 19:30 BST
Maccabi Tel Aviv will look to make home advantage count when they come up against Maribor for the second leg of the Champions League qualifying fixture. The visitors lead 1-0 from the first leg and the home team will need to win by a couple of goals in order to progress.
Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Form
Tel Aviv had started the current season with a 1-0 win over Santa Coloma before defeating the same side by 2-0 in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League qualification fixture.
In their last game which was played against the same opponent last month, the team from Israel succumbed to a 1-0 defeat which has now made their task a tough one.
Maribor had started their season with a 0-0 draw against Zrinjski Mostar on July 15. It was their first game in qualification and was played away from home. In hindsight, it was a good result for Maribor who could capitalize on the nerves of their opponents in the second leg as they beat the visitors 2-0 at Ljudski vrt.
Their last game would have been a satisfying one as they went on to beat M Tel Aviv at home by a solitary goal. They made sure that they did not concede an away goal and that will hold them in good stead ahead of the deciding game on Tuesday.
M Tel Aviv: Tal Ben Haim
The 24-year-old forward will be crucial to the hopes of the home team as they look to get a positive result and remain in contention for the group stages of the Champions League. He had scored in Tel Aviv’s win over Santa Coloma and will look to repeat more of the same on Tuesday.
Maribor: Damjan Bohar
Maribor are a side which have always found goals from their midfield. Bohar found the back of the net against M Tel Aviv in the first leg of the current round of fixtures and could yet prove to be decisive when the two sides meet.
This game is going to be a very tight affair. Although Maccabi Tel Aviv will enjoy home support, it appears that Maribor have enough strength to keep Tel Aviv from progressing any further this year. I will go with bet365’s offer of 1.44 for Maribor to qualify, an excellent price to bet on at this stage of the competition.
Also looking at less than 2.5 goals to be scored, with BetVictor offering 1.65 for it.