Maccabi Haifa vs. Crvena Zvezda Prediction, Tips and Odds – Aug. 17, 2022 21:00 CET
On Wednesday, there are three remaining playoff games in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers, and Maccabi will welcome Crvena Zvezda at Sammy Ofer Stadium in Haifa. The start of the match is scheduled for 21:00.
It will be a clash between teams that easily jumped over the previous obstacles in the qualifications, and both enter this match with a lot of optimism and self-confidence.
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Maccabi Haifa eliminated Olympiacos and Apollon in the previous two rounds. The 4-0 victory in Piraeus was especially surprising because everyone considered the Greek champion to be a big favorite in that clash.
They recorded one victory 4-0 against the best team in Cyprus but were defeated 0-2 in front of their fans in return. The Maccabi players showed certain defensive weaknesses in that game. They conceded two goals in the early stages of the match, and the opposing players attacked fiercely, but the champions of Israel managed to preserve the advantage from the first game and advance to the final round.
The main virtues of this team are speed and quick transition from defense to attack. Their most dangerous player is striker Frantzdy Pierrot, who has already scored three goals in these qualifiers.
The new season in the Israeli championship has not started yet, so the Maccabi players will play this match fully prepared and concentrated.
On the other hand, the players of Crvena Zvezda started from the third round of qualifications and there they demolished Pyunik with a total score of 7-0. They were particularly convincing in front of their own fans, when they celebrated 5:0.
This summer, coach Dejan Stankovic has had the strongest team since he took over the team. The team’s management hit the jackpot with all the reinforcements and each player who arrived at the club between the two seasons brought instant quality. Here we mean Kangwa, Bukari, Mitrovic, Pesic, and Milunovic, who fit in well with the new environment. All the lines of the team are well balanced and everyone at the club firmly believes that this team is experienced enough and ready to reach the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.
Crvena Zvezda has played impressively in the domestic championship as well. They won all five matches in the new campaign, and their goal difference is 21-1, which is a real rarity.
These two teams have never met before.
Maccabi Haifa (4-3-3): Cohen; Sundgren, Planic, Goldberg, Cornud; Chery, Lavi, Mohamed; Haziza, Pierrot, David
Crvena zvezda (4-3-3): Borjan; Rodic, Dragovic, Milunovic, Erakovic; Kangwa, Kanga; Ivanic, Katai, Bukari; Pesic
We expect an offensive approach to the game from both teams. The Maccabi players will certainly want to achieve a positive result in the first game, and in addition, they will have the frenetic support of the fans, which will be of great help to them. On the other hand, Crvena Zvezda has already shown the potential of the attacking line, so we believe that they are capable of scoring in Haifa.
Prediction: Both Teams To Score – Yes