Ferencvaros vs Maccabi Tel Aviv
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 12 July 2018
Kick-Off at 18:00 UK / 19:00 CET
Venue: Groupama Arena, Budapest.
Groupama Arena will play host to one of the most exciting first round ties in the new UEFA Europa League qualifications campaign. Neither Ferencvaros nor Maccabi Tel Aviv can say they have been dealt a smooth opening round draw.
The Green Eagles were just millimetres away from claiming the NB I Liga silverware last season, but they won just one of last five fixtures to lose the title contest to Videoton who ended two points adrift of them at the top of the standings.
Ferencvaros will thus feature Europa League football for the second consecutive year, following the second round elimination to Danish Midtjylland in two spectacular high-scoring thrillers.
The Hungarians will have a super tough task to make a deep run this term given they are in for clashes against the outfit which went all the way to the group stage of the competition last time out.
Maccabi, however, could not do anything more but finish at the foot of their respective group standings, claiming only four points past the likes of Villarreal, Astana and Slavia Prague.
Ferencvaros vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Head-to-head
The two sides did not have the opportunity to tackle each other in the past.
Ferencvaros vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Prediction
Israeli side are favourites to progress form this tie, but Ferencvaros will be a tough nut to crack at least in the first leg at Groupama Arena.
The form teams showed in the pre-season speaks in Maccabi’s favour as Thomas Doll’s men failed to win a single of three ties (two draws and a loss) against the likes of Zlin, DAC and Olimpija.
Ferencvaros had clear troubles with the efficiency in the final third as they notched no more than a single goal in three friendlies.
Given they’ll be up against a side which demolished Polish Bytovia Bytow 0-4 ten days ago, we have to go for Maccabi Tel Aviv DNB at 1.61 as the main betting option here.
Since we expect the hosts to try and keep it a low-scoring contest, we see a tight affair, meaning the draw at the half time looks decent at 2.10.
Ferencvaros vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Bet Tips
Maccabi Tel Aviv DNB @ 1.61
Draw at the half time @ 2.10.