Maccabi Tel Aviv vs. Aris Prediction, Tips & Odds – Aug. 04, 2022 19:00 CET
Maccabi Tel Aviv and Aris will play one of the most interesting ties in the third round of the Conference League qualifying.
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Maccabi Tel Aviv
After two weaker seasons, Maccabi Tel Aviv brought back Vladimir Ivic as head coach. Serbian expert won two titles with this club back in 2019 and 2020, so board management hopes to return to the top in Israel with him on their bench. Previous two years have been in Maccabi Haifa dominance and that is something that Maccabi Tel Aviv wants to change.
In addition to coach Ivic return, Eran Zahavi also came back. Legendary Israeli striker played solidly for PSV and he is a huge boost for Maccabi Tel Aviv ambitions this season. They also signed experienced defender Nir Biton from Celtic, as well as Joris van Overeem from Utrecht.
Path to the group stage will be extremely difficult as Maccabi Tel Aviv was unlucky with draw. If they beat Aris, they will play against Nice in the Conference League playoffs. It’s toughest possible opponent they could have drawn, although it won’t be easy against Aris either. Maccabi Tel Aviv will have to achieve a good result in the first match, because visitors rarely achieve a positive outcome in Thessaloniki.
Aris went through a very turbulent period in 21st century. They reached the Europa League group stage on two occasions (2007 and 2010), but a bad period followed. Due to financial problems, Aris were relegated to the third tier of Greek football in 2014. After a fourth-year absence, they returned to the Super League Greece and positioned themselves as a top 5 club in the country since then.
In the last four seasons, Aris has been a regular participant in Europe. Admittedly, they never reached group stage in that period, but they regularly played in qualifying. Truly incredible data says that Aris never lost a European match at home between 1969 to 2020. They played 28 games in that period and recorded 14 wins and 14 draws. That streak ended two seasons ago with a 2:1 loss to Kolos.
On paper, Aris has a solid squad, but superstar is head coach German Burgos. Diego Simeone’s longtime assistant took over Aris in February and he is doing great so far. He stabilized team since then and now he will try to achieve a good result in Europe.
Maccabi Tel Aviv and Aris never played against each other before, so this will be their first duel.
Parfait Guiagon and Shahar Piven won’t play for Maccabi Tel Aviv, while all players are available for Aris.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs. Aris Prediction
As already mentioned, Aris has spectacularly good statistics at home in Europe. However, they don’t play at same level at road. Maccabi Tel Aviv has much more experience and knowing how hard it is to win in Thessaloniki, they will do everything they can to gain as much advantage as possible before the second leg.
Date and Time: 04.08.2022 19:00 CET
Pick: Maccabi Tel Aviv +0 (AH)