Maribor vs Partizani
Europa League First qualifying round
Date: Thursday, 19 July 2018
Kick-Off at 19:15 UK
Venue: Ljudski vrt (Maribor)
Maribor have earned a 0-1 win at Partizani Tirana last week with a single goal from Gregor Bajde and they now host the rivals for the return match in front of the home crowd, hoping to put on another confident display and make their way to the 2nd Qualifying Round.
Violets have been picking it up through the pre-season too and we’ve seen six wins and two draws in eight outings beforehand, including a 0-4 win over Cracovia, goalless draw against Copenhagen and a 2-1 win over Cukaricki since late June. We thus feel they’re in great shape and Darko Milanic’s men will be very motivated at Ljudski vrt once again.
Partizani have, on the other hand, had a longer break and lacking the competitive edge could prove costly. Interestingly, they’ve been scoring more goals on the road but have struggled at the back – which Maribor will be desperate to capitalize on. The visitors are now in for a very tough task to overturn the advantage and many feel it’s a tough task to make a case for them to come out victorious.
Maribor vs Partizani: Head-to-head
This is the sides’ first head-to-head clash ever as Maribor came as heavy favourites to make it to the next round.
Partizani have struggled for consistency over the past couple of months.
Maribor have more experience in UEFA competitions and this should come as a great factor too.
Maribor vs Partizani: Prediction
We’ll thus back Maribor to make it count and turn a more exciting clash their way, as we go for a Home win & a YES on Both teams to score at 3.10. We have seen Partizani score more goals on the road and they’ll surely come very motivated to make an impact on the day.
With that in mind, we expect a high-scoring clash this time around and we’ll also go for Over 2.5 goals FT at 2.10. We have seen Maribor in great shape and we do believe they’ll be able to outgun the rivals here as well.
Maribor vs Partizani: Bet Tips
Home win & BTTS @ 3.10
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 2.10.