Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Shakhter Karagandy
UEFA Europa Conference League Qualification
Date: Thursday, 26 August 2021
Kick-off 18:30 UK/ 19:30 CET
Venue: Bloomfield Stadium.
Maccabi Tel Aviv host Shakhter Karagandy in the second leg of their UEFA Europa Conference League playoffs tie on Thursday evening at the Bloomfield Stadium.
Maccabi Tel Aviv will defend a one-goal cushion on Thursday evening against Kazakhstani side Shakhter Karagandy.
Israeli giants managed to turn things around within four minutes from conceding the opening goal (at the 73rd minute) and they are now even greater favorites to progress into the group phase of the inaugural Conference League edition.
Maccabi have a much broader experience in the continental competitions than their counterparts.
The Israeli side enjoyed a strong run in the previous term of the UEFA Europa League when they finished the group with Villarreal, Qarabag, and Sivasspor at the second position.
Shakhtar Donetsk were, however, too strong in the last 32 round tie.
Maccabi have had a clean run in the Conference League qualifications this summer.
They’ve conceded only one goal in four matches in the previous rounds, jumping above Sutjeska Niksic (3-1 on aggregate) and Spartak Trnava (1-0 on aggregate).
Shakhter Karagandy have already made some significant upsets so far in the competition, eliminating both FCSB and Kolos Kovalivka en route to this playoffs clash against Maccabi.
Interestingly, the Kazakhstani outfit advanced on penalties on both occasions. They’ve also been rock-solid at the back, shipping only two goals in the four outings against FCSB and Kolos.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Shakhter Karagandy Head-to-head
- This will be the second head to head clash between the two teams.
- The first match, played seven days ago in Kazakhstan, ended in Maccabi’s 1-2 victory.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Shakhter Karagandy Prediction
Both teams have been fantastic defensively so far in the competition. We thus by no means expect a goal fest, especially since a narrow victory moves the visitors back on level terms with their counterparts.
Shakhter thus have no reasons to hurry in search of a victory. Since the quality is on Maccabi’s side (as it was clearly visible in the first leg), we expect Shakhter Karagandy to sit carefully at the back and try and keep it a close tie for as long as possible before a potential late strike from the counter.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Shakhter Karagandy Betting Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 2.05 odd
Maccabi Tel Aviv to win to nil @ 1.90 odd.