Tirana vs Maccabi Tel Aviv
Europa League qualifier
Date: Thursday, 6th July 2017
Kick off at 16:00 UK/ 17:00 CET
Venue: Stadumi Selman Stermasi.
Tirana surprised everyone with a respectful performance in the first leg at Winner Stadium where they have not been outplayed at all by a much stronger rival.
The 2-0 defeat is certainly not the best of the results, but the Albanians still have the full right to dream big ahead of the rematch at Stadiumi Selman Stermasi in Tirana.
The hosts have had a nightmare season which saw them getting relegated to the second tier of the Albanian football for the first time in club’s history.
The team reached Europa League by a shocking win on penalties over the league champions Skenderbeu Korce in the final of the Albanian Cup.
Their major strength for the new season is the new head coach as the ambitious team brought the Brazilian legend Ze Maria on the bench.
Maccabi Tel Aviv
The hosts have not had such a dreadful campaign in their domestic league, but they again ended behind Hapoel Be’er Sheva’s back who took the prime in Israeli football by winning their second consecutive title.
The team lost a host of players in mid-season including the star men Yosi Benayoun (ended career) and Tal Ben Chaim (signed for Sparta Prague).
They, however, showed a promising form in pre-season friendly outplaying the Slovakian Spartak Trnava 3-0 on the home patch.
Tirana vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Head to head
Yonathan Cohen and Elazar Dasa were on target in a 2-0 win for the Israeli squad in the first leg even though the Albanians had their chances throughout the game as well.
Tirana vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Prediction
Tirana’s performance from the first leg at Winner Stadium simply forces us to back them not to lose the match in front of their fans.
The visitors have a massive edge and they will likely go through to the second round, but we simply have to take the 13/8 odds offered by the bookies on Tirana not to lose the match.
Tirana vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Betting Tips
The first pick is Tirana or Draw double chance at the odds of 13/8.
The second bet is Under 2.5 goals FT at 1/1.