Maribor vs Zrinjski Mostar
UEFA Champions League 2017/18 – Second qualifying round
Date: Wednesday, 19th July 2017
Kick-off at 19:15 UK / 20:15 CET
Venue: Ljudski vrt, Maribor.
The champions of Bosnia & Herzegovina will be hoping to come back from a defeat suffered in the first leg on the turf of their own stadium, while Maribor are hoping for a quiet rematch in order to save energy for the difficult period forthcoming.
Slovenian Prva Liga just commenced this weekend and the home team played their first game of the season. They hosted Aluminij; Maribor were favorites by the bookmakers, but the two sides were almost equal. Luckily, the champions of Slovenia won’t have to worry about the weekend’s clash as they inscribed the minimal victory, so they can entirely focus on the Champions League tie.
Bosnian league is yet to start so Zrinjski had a lot of time to prepare for the second leg in Slovenia. The trip wasn’t long, but the Bosnians need their top match in order to knock Maribor out.
Their main issue will be missed chances in the first leg, particularly the unused penalty that could turn the game around in their favor.
Maribor vs Zrinjski Mostar: Head-to-head
The two sides often met in the club friendlies, but in the competitive match, Maribor have shown tactical maturity. The Slovenian side was under the pressure constantly, Bilbija missed a penalty for Zrinjski, but Maribor were calm as they waited for their opportunity. Maribor had a positive result in the first half, but after the 70th minute, they were down to ten men. They conceded an equalizer, but in the 94th minute, they inflicted a heavy blow to Zrinjski as they scored the second from the penalty.
Maribor vs Zrinjski Mostar: Prediction
Zrinjski’s players need to clear their heads from the first leg if they want to stay in the race for the next round. Both teams were lucky somehow, so the upcoming match might be an even clash so draw is definitely on the table.
Maribor vs Zrinjski Mostar: Bet Tips
The first bet will be Draw at the odds of 3.75.
If you prefer higher risk and reward you can go for Under 2 goals at the odds of 2.60.