Neftchi Baku vs Maccabi Haifa
UEFA Europa Conference League
Date: Thursday, 19 August 2021
Kick-off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET,
Venue: Bakcell Arena (Baku).
After getting kicked out of the Europa League qualifiers this season, Neftchi Baku will try their luck in the UEFA Europa Conference League qualifiers 2021/22 season. The Azerbaijan side will play the host to their Israeli counterparts Maccabi Haifa on Thursday at Bakcell Arena.
With back-to-back winless games in their schedule, the host has little hope of moving forward in the tournament this term. It is their third contest in the schedule after dropping out of EL and CL qualifiers in recent fixtures.
Neftchi hasn’t been able to repeat their triumph in the CL qualifiers at the start. They are winless in the last five games with two draws in it, including a 2-2 draw at home with Gabala last time out in their domestic league.
In the meantime, Maccabi Haifa broke their four-game winning streak in the schedule with a defeat in the previous UECL fixture. Despite the 1-0 loss on the road against HB Torshavn, the visitor was able to move forward in the contest with the lead in the aggregate score.
It has to be noted that the guest has won the rest of the four UECL clashes until now. And all those matches have featured as high-scoring affairs in full-time.
Neftchi Baku vs Maccabi Haifa Head-to-head (h2h)
The teams have not met before in a major competition in recent years.
Neftchi Baku vs Maccabi Haifa Prediction
Maccabi was ignorant in their last outing as they had a comfort zone in the aggregate score before the fixture from the first leg.
Since the Israeli side is playing the first leg away from home, expect a more cautious approach from the guest in the encounter.
So, the tip for over 1.5 goals will probably be a suitable option considering the teams will aim to score.
Besides, Neftchi is on a winless run recently and doesn’t enjoy the ground advantage. Hence, Maccabi is likely to have an edge over the home team in the fixture.
Neftchi Baku vs Maccabi Haifa Betting tips
Over 1.5 goals @ 1.40 (2/5).
Maccabi Haifa to win @ 2.10 (11/10).