Maribor vs Liverpool
UEFA Champions League 2017/18
Date: Tuesday, 17th October 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Stadion Ljudski vrt (Maribor).
Liverpool have a point to prove when the take the long trip to Slovenia to take on Maribor NK.
Having started the group campaign on back-to-back draws, the pressure in mounting on Jurgen Klopp to respond with a win. They were looking good against Sevilla on matchday 1 when they cancelled an early goal out to go 2-1 up. But eventually surrendered 2 points to the Spaniards with the 2-2 draw. On matchday 2, they found it hard to break through a resilient Spartak Moscow and had to satisfy with a 1-1 draw.
The overall form of his team in recent weeks is extremely poor as only 1 win came from the last 8 matches across all venues and all competitions. The away form is at the lowest point, having won 2, drew 3 and lost 2 from 7 matches this season.
Maribor suffered a heavy defeat when they travelled to Sevilla on matchday 2, which suddenly raise questions on this team’s capability to tussle with quality sides. They surrendered 72% possession to the Spanish team, which is a clear indicator of their inability to keep hold on to the ball. Liverpool are an attacking oriented side and the Slovene outfit are expected to struggle despite playing at home.
Maribor vs Liverpool: Head-to-head
First head-to-head meeting between Maribor and Liverpool.
Maribor have a poor record against English clubs in UEFA competitions, 1 win, 2 draws and 5 losses from 8 games.
At home, the record is 1 win, 2 draws and 1 loss from 4. They are unbeaten in the last three, with 1 win and 2 draws.
Last English team to visit Maribor was Chelsea, who were held to a 1-1 draw.
Liverpool’s lone meeting a club from Slovenia happened during the 2003/04 UEFA cup campaign against NK Olimpija Ljubljana. They drew the away leg 1-1 before winning at Anfield 3-0.
Maribor vs Liverpool: Prediction
As we mentioned earlier, Liverpool have a point to prove after repeated failures in away games this season. Moreover, their recent European away record need an improvement with 2 wins coming off the last 14 road games, drew 7 and lost 5.
Maribor are way behind in having quality players in their ranks. But, one must expect them to be highly motivated in welcoming a strong Premier League club. Their history in European nights show that they have a real chance here, but it remained to be seen if they repeat the feet against Chelsea back in 2014.
Despite all the facts that putting Liverpool in a negative light, these are the kind of matches they must win if they are to make it out of the group stage. Klopp is the kind of manager who can respond under pressure. Therefore, it will be a entertaining affair at Maribor, but punters must expect the Reds to run away with a close victory.
Correct Score Prediction: 1-2 Liverpool for 9.50 odds.
Maribor vs Liverpool: Bet Tips
Both teams to Score for 2.07 has to the top pick for this match.
The best alternate is Over 3.5 match goals for 2.10 odds.
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