Maribor vs Spartak Moscow
UEFA Champions League Group-stage – Season 2017/18
Date: Wednesday, 13th September 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Ljudski vrt (Maribor).
Maribor, Slovenia’s champions, will host a much more valuable team in the likes of Spartak Moscow in a very important clash counting for the third place in Group E.
Maribor struggled against Zrjinski, Hafnafjordur and Hapoel Beer Sheva in the qualifiers, so they will be an easy target for the Russians unless they radically level up their gameplay.
The Purples are yet to lose a match in the current UCL campaign, but they played with much weaker teams than Spartak. Also, the Slovenians haven’t managed to score more than 1 goal in any of their UCL 2017/2018 matches so far.
The People’s Team is not at their highest level at the moment as they had a pretty slow start of the season. They stand on the 8th place of the Russian Premier League with a good home form, but a very poor away performance as they are yet to win a departure in the first league.
Spartak Moscow’s roster is 7-8 times more valuable and this should be clearly visible on the field.
NK Maribor vs Spartak Moscow: Head to Head
This is the first meeting between The Purples and The Red-Whites, so there are no stats to measure on this subject.
NK Maribor vs Spartak Moscow: Prediction
Maribor can be extremely compact on the defense phase while the Russians have been pretty poor in their away matches of the new season.
Therefore, we should see a careful Spartak Moscow which will attack the Slovenian side in the majority of the time. Anyway, Spartak will not play recklessly and a low scoring game is on the cards.
NK Maribor vs Spartak Moscow: Bet Tips
Both Teams To Score – NO @ 1.80 – Betfair is likely to succeed
Under 2.5 goals @ 1.70 – Pinnacle is a decent alternative.