Maccabi Haifa vs Zeljeznicar
Europe – Europa League Qualification
Date: Wednesday, 9 September 2020
Kick-off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Sammy Ofer Stadium.
The Green Apes have been dominating the Israeli Premier League for the past few seasons. They would have won the title the last year, if not for the extraordinary form of Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Coming into this Europa Qualifier, Barak Bakhar’s men are the favorites to secure the win – and that’s due to primarily two reasons.
First of all, they are from the Israeli top flight, which is far more better than their Bosnian counterparts. And the next factor that tips the scale in favor of the Green Apes is that the game takes place at their home.
Especially with the match-up being a single-leg encounter, Bakhar’s men are raring to get the job done, and progress to the next round.
However, it needs to be mentioned that the Blues are in phenomenal form at present. They have been scoring goals left and right, and to further increase their chances, the hosts of the day have been having certain defensive troubles lately.
For the reason, expect goals from both teams.
Maccabi Haifa vs Zeljeznicar: Prediction
As mentioned earlier, the Green Apes are from a league that’s placed 22nd in terms of UEFA coefficient, while their opposite number are from a competition that’s deemed to be only the 40th best in the continent – and that too from a total of just 55 ranks.
Moreover, with the knockout fixture being a single-leg affair, and that too at Sammy Ofer Stadium, Maccabi Haifa are expected to have the upper hand this Wednesday.
However, note that the Blues had won nine of their last ten overall games, and that they had scored two or more goals in eight of their former ten overall match-ups.
Also do note that they are on a four-fixture winning run on the road. On the other hand, Bakhar’s men were winless in four of their last seven overall match-ups, and remained so in six of their preceding eight games as well.
Likely, the in-form and desperate guests should find the back of the net at least once this Wednesday.
Maccabi Haifa vs Zeljeznicar: Betting Tips
Maccabi Haifa to win @ 1.40 (2/5).
Both teams to Score @ 1.80 (4/5).