Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Riga FC
Champions League 2020/21 (First qualifying round)
Date: Wednesday, 19 August 2020
Kick-Off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Bloomfield Stadium (Tel-Aviv).
Maccabi has a golden opportunity to win the title without losing a single game. But they lost on the last match day which was the only black mark in a remarkable campaign in the Israeli Premier League. The yellow ones did not have any challenge throughout that domestic campaign and they have the best defence in the country.
The away team was on form during their previous European season. In the first round of UCL qualifiers last year, they had to face Irish Champions Dundalk. Both legs were drawn without recording a single goal. But unfortunately Riga missed a spot kick and lost 5-4 on penalties. They reached the playoffs in the Europa qualifiers too. So they are definitely not to be taken lightly by the home team.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Riga FC: Head-to-head (h2h)
- This will be their first ever head to head meeting in any competition.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Riga FC: Prediction
Maccabi reached the second round of the Champions League qualifying campaign last season. But they lost to CFR Cluj in both the legs.
The away team reached the playoff round of the Europa league but were sent packing by Copenhagen. But they will need to be at their best to beat the Yellow one at home. The last time Maccabi lost at this ground was to Suduva in last year’s Europa League.
Similarly the away team is also on a winning streak on the road. Since both these teams are in good scoring form we can expect goals at both ends of the field.
Most of the away matches that Riga played in recent weeks had more than 2.5 goals in total. In fact 70% of their last ten away fixtures in all competitions had a similar score line. Both previous European nights at this ground produced a high scoring finish also. So I am backing a high scoring game with both teams netting goals.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Riga FC: Betting Tips
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.93 (10/11).
Both teams to score @ 2.20 (6/5).