Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Sarpsborg
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 30 August 2018
Kick-Off at 18:00 UK / 19:00 CET
Venue: Winner Stadium, Netanya.
Sarpsborg 08 took the most from the electrifying atmosphere their fans created in the first leg of the play-offs tie with Maccabi Tel Aviv to pick up a huge 3-1 victory and gain advantage ahead of the reverse fixture of the Israeli soil.
Geir Bakke’s men thus have the golden opportunity to go all the way to the group stage in their inaugural European adventure. It would be a massive achievement for the team which has just recently played the second tier of the Norwegian football.
Nevertheless, Sarpsborg still have a very challenging away fixture between them and the heaven and avoiding a convincing defeat against a regular group stage member will be a serious test for Bakke and his troops.
Maccabi Tel Aviv did not shine en route to the play-offs phase, but they won all of their home matches quite comfortably, breaking their rivals down mainly in the second half of these ties.
Vladimir Ivic’s men will head into the game with an improved confidence after beating Maccabi Haifa 2-0 on the opening day of the new Ligat Ha’al season, a win which followed the 4-1 Super Cup trashing of Hapoel Tel Aviv.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Sarpsborg 08: Head-to-head
The first ever head to head match between the two teams brought a very interesting and a rather odd affair which saw as many as three penalties.
The hosts converted two, the visitors one, while the lone remaining goal came through Tobias Heintz just two minutes into the match.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Sarpsborg 08: Prediction
Sarpsborg 08 expectedly lost back-to-back league ties with Brann and Kristiansund as Bakke rested almost the entire first squad looking to keep his main stars fresh for the most important game of the season for the Norwegians.
Maccabi are, however, massive favourites to pick up the victory in front of the home crowd where they managed nine consecutive wins across competitions ahead of Sarpsborg’s visit.
Ivic’s men bagged two or more goals in seven of these nine outings and we just have to go for the home win as somewhat of a banker bet at 1.50 odds.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Sarpsborg 08: Bet Tips
Maccabi Tel Aviv to win @ 1.50
Maccabi Tel Aviv Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 1.72.