Valur vs Maribor
Champions League Qualification
Date: Wednesday, 10 July 2019
Kick off at 21:00 UK/ 22:00 CET
Venue: Hlídarendi (Reykjavík).
The visitors finished the league last season with a commanding nine-point advantage at the top and were the top goal-scoring team as well, with eighty-two goals to their name. The squad, however, will be coming into the clash on Wednesday on the back of a disappointing 2-1 loss against O.Ljubljana in the Slovenian Cup finals.
Despite making ten attempts at goal in that match, the squad failed to find the back of the net more than once and had to make do with just the league title. They will certainly be hoping for a much more fruitful campaign across Europe this year, and for that, they will have to be a lot more lethal in the attacking third and a lot less careless at the back.
Their foes for Wednesday, Valur, enjoyed a positive result last weekend when they welcomed Akureyri into their midst, with the final scores reading 3-1 in their favor at the end of the ninety minutes. Three different players found the back of the net for them in that game, and so the squad will be in high hopes of repeating a similar result this week.
The team that comes out on top at the end of the two legs will have to square up against the winners of the match between Ararat Armenia and AIK Stockholm.
Valur vs Maribor Head to head (h2h)
The two teams have not previously locked horns with each other on any occasion.
Valur vs Maribor Prediction
The visitors are likely to clinch the win when the sides meet each other for the first time this week at the Hlídarendi.
The hosts have broken free from their two-match losing streak and currently undefeated in their last three fixtures at home. Apart from keeping a clean sheet in one of those games, the squad have scored nine goals in the process while conceding not more than two goals.
The visitors lost both their last match in the league and the finals of the Slovenian Cup. Although they did suffer a dip in form towards the end, the away side are a lot tougher than the domestic opponents that the hosts usually go up against, and so the game is definitely not going to be a walk in the park for the latter.
We can certainly expect a low scoring clash between the teams with the win likely to swing in favor of the away side at the end of the ninety minutes.
Valur vs Maribor Betting tips
Maribor to win @ 1.66 (2/3)
Under 2.5 goals @ 1.85 (6/7).