Sarpsborg vs Maccabi Tel Aviv
2018/19 Europa League Play-off (1st Leg)
Date: Thursday, 23 August 2018
Kick-Off at 18:05 UK
Venue: Sarpsborg Stadion (Sarpsborg).
Sarpsborg 08 and Maccabi Tel Aviv are going to face each other in the latest round of the Europa League qualifiers.
The hosts are in the middle of their domestic campaign and they are sitting on the 5th position, with a good chance to fight for the place in Europa League for the next season. Patrick Mortensen and the lads are the second most efficient side in the league, while their defence is doing a decent job.
Sarpsborg started their continental campaign in the first round and they’ve eliminated Vestmannaeyjar, St. Galen and Rijeka so far. They have a very good record in the Europa League as they’ve lost just once this season.
Maccabi Tel Aviv are enjoying a streak of eight official matches without suffering a defeat and they’ve been playing very well so far. Vladimir Ivic’s side still haven’t started their campaign in the national championship, however they’ve already won domestic Super Cup trophy.
The visitors had a pretty tough task in the first round, but they managed to eliminate Ferencvaros. They also managed to knock out of the competition Radnicki Nis and Pyunik.
Sarpsborg vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Head-to-head
These two sides didn’t have the chance to face each other in the past. The hosts are debutants in the continental competitions, while Maccabi Tel Aviv have never played against any Norwegian club until the upcoming clash.
Sarpsborg vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Prediction
Both sides have been performing very well lately and they are both going to search for a positive result. Although the hosts are in optimal shape, Maccabi Tel Aviv are definitely capable of remaining undefeated in this clash.
These two teams haven’t been involved in too many high scoring matches lately and in this one we should expect a tight battle. The crowd is not going to enjoy many goals as it is very likely that this clash will stay under 2.5 margin.
Sarpsborg vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Bet Tips
FT Draw @ 3.30 (23/10)
Under 2.5 goals @ 1.65 (7/11).