Maribor vs Spartak Moscow Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview
Group E match Maribor vs Spartak Moscow will be an interesting match to watch and to bet on seeing that this is the first time these two teams play each other. Even though Spartak comes from pot 1 they are hardly the group favorite. This may be a decisive match for both Spartak and Maribor since they are the weakest teams in Group E.
Maribor are in the group stage for the third time, having previously competed in season 199/2000 and 2014/15. They are the current champions of the Slovenian league - it is their sixth title. Maribor are unbeaten in seven European home matches of which they only had two draws. In fact, in their last 12 games, home or away, they have only lost two, while winning six and two ending in a draw. The last time they played against a Russian team was in 2013/2014 UEFA Europa League group stage when they lost 2-5 to FC Rubin Kazan at home and drew 1-1 in Russia. Maribor is placed second in their domestic league as they stay unbeaten.
On the other hand we have Spartak Moscow. This is the 12th time that they are in a group stage, and first one since season 2012/13 when they finished fourth in their group. The last time they were in the last 16 was in the season 2000/01 when they reached the second group stage. They automatically qualified to the group stage this year as the champions of the Russian league. It was their 22nd league title. Spartak are without a win in their last seven European matched, home and away. They have not won away since a 1-0 victory against AFC Ajax in 2010/11. Spartak is placed 8th in their domestic league with 3 wins, 3 losses and 3 draws. It seems that the Russian side is still to find their best form.
This is one of those matches where it can go either way. The historically better team seems to be in a bad form while the Slovenian side is looking decent. But do not let the numbers deceive you. Both teams are highly motivated and will give their best to win the game.
Maribor don't have missing players for the match against Spartak. All players are available to play and all of them are highly motivated fort he opening match in Champions League.
On the other side Spartak Moscow do not have lots of missing players for this game. Roman Zobnin and Artem Timofeev are injured and they can't play in Slovenia. Zé Luís and Serdar Tasci are not fully fit and they are doubtful for the match. All other players are fully fit and ready to play.
Possible starting lineups
Maribor: Handanovic; Viler, Suler, Rajcevic, Milec; Ogrinec, Vrhovec; Bajde, Tavares, Bohar; Mesanovic
Spartak Moscow: Rebrov; Kutepov, Bocchetti, Jikia; Eschenko, Glushakov, Fernando, Popov, Kombarov; Promes, Adriano
Maribor vs Spartak Moscow Prediction
This match is going to be a tough one and both sides will play aggressive from the first minute. The teams arei n Group E with Liverpool and Sevilla and this game is very important for the both sides. Maribor play in front of their fans but their main objective for the match will be strong football in defense line. They will try to create several good scoring chances and believe one scoring will be enough to win at least one point. On the other side Spartak Moscow are better team on the paper, but they will have very hard job to do on Wednesday night. So Spartak will play cautious in defending and they also try to score. We expect to see lots of midfield duels and fouls, and maybe we will see a red card on this match.
Our prediction and betting tips for the match Maribor vs Spartak Prediction: Draw. We expect match without a winner, but expect to see goals. So our second bet goes on risky prediction for Correct Score 1-1. Maybe you can try with very high betting odd with bet on 2/X. Have a nice betting day and good luck in earning money with our football prediction and betting tips.