Crvena zvezda vs. Maccabi Haifa Prediction, Tips and Odds – Aug. 23, 2022, 21:00 CET
The names of the last six clubs that will take part in the UEFA Champions League group stage will be known after the second legs of the qualifiers on Tuesday and Wednesday. Crvena zvezda will welcome Maccabi from Haifa to Rajko Mitic Stadium on Tuesday from 21:00.
The Israeli champion won the first match last week by 3-2. It was a very exciting and dynamic duel, with several result reversals, so many expect the match on Tuesday in Belgrade to be just as dramatic.
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Crvena zvezda Team News
Crvena zvezda players played the first match with a lot of swings. They were very good in the first half. Thanks to Aleksandar Pesic and Guelor Kanga they were leading 2-1 after the first 45 minutes, but they stopped playing aggressively in the second half. Their idea was to defend the advantage from the first part, but they failed to do so because the opponent scored two goals.
That’s why Dejan Stankovic’s team will have to win in return if they want to come back to the European football elite after two years of absence. The roster of Crvena zvezda, as we have already written several times, is quite strong and the ambitions of everyone in the club are to secure a place in the UEFA Champions League.
The interest in this match in Serbia is huge. All tickets were sold out a few days ago, so the football players of the Serbian champion will have thunderous support from the stands. It will be an additional incentive for Zvezda’s players to attack the opponent from the first minute and try to take the lead in the early stages of the match.
Maccabi Haifa has been playing very well all summer. They attracted the attention of the football public after they eliminated Olympiacos in Piraeus with a 4-0 victory. They showed that this is not a coincidence when they defeated Apollon with a total score of 4-2. In the end, they beat Crvena Zvezda 3-2 and they enter the return match with an advantage.
The Israeli champion is quite dangerous, especially in the attacking part. Frantzdy Pierrot scored two goals in the first match and once again showed why he is the best scorer of these qualifiers. His main advantages are strength and finishing, and this Haitian tormented Zvezda’s central defenders a lot.
Apart from Pierrot, Maccabi gave Zvezda a lot of trouble on the right side, where Tjaronn Chery and Dolev Haziza were active. It will not be a surprise if the Israelis often attack on this side of the pitch again.
Before these matches, Zvezda and Maccabi had never played against each other before.
Crvena zvezda (4-3-3): Borjan; Rodic, Milunovic, Dragovic, Erakovic; Srnic, Kanga, Kangwa; Ivanic, Katai, Pesic
Maccabi Haifa (4-3-3): Cohen; Cornud, Goldberg, Planic, Sundgren; El Fazaz, Lavi, Chery; David, Haziza, Pierrot
Although Maccabi have been playing very well all summer, we believe that Zvezda will advance to the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. In the first half of the first game, Zvezda’s players showed how dangerous they can be, and we believe that their interval of good play in the second leg will be longer than in the first one. Their fans will create a great atmosphere and we believe they will rejoice at the end of the game.
Prediction: To Qualify – Crvena Zvezda