On September 17, within the framework of the second qualifying round of the Europa League, Maccabi Haifa – Kairat will meet. The Israelis in this pair are the favorites, but the Kazakhs are far from hopeless, they have a chance of winning. Will our neighbors cope with their difficult task? Read about it in our forecast.
Maccabi Haifa started the new season quite successfully, namely with three wins in a row. Two of them were won in the national championship. First, the club managed to defeat Hapoel Hadera on the road (2: 1), and then at home without any problems dealt with another Hapoel, but from Beer Sheva (3: 1).
Between the two victories, one more fit, but already within the first qualifying round of the Europa League. Not without difficulty, but the Israelites won a strong-willed victory – 3: 1. However, today you will have to spend much more energy.
“Kairat” remains undefeated this summer. The club suffered its last defeat back in March from Shakhtar Karaganda, when the season was just beginning in Kazakhstan (after which the championship was stopped twice). Now these guys cannot be stopped.
As for the matches in the qualification of the Europa League, the team in the first qualifying round without any difficulty turned out to be stronger than Noah from Armenia – 4: 1. Note that the double in that game was designed by the well-known Wagner Love. Will the Brazilian be able to hit the opponent’s goal this time too?
Five of Maccabi’s seven goals were scored by Australian striker Nikita Rukavitsa this season;
“Kairat”, unlike its rival, has never in its history taken part in the main tournament grid.
The fact that in this duel there will be only the bottom of the game, Almaty residents are in the hands. The Kazakhs knocked out the Dutch AZ Alkmaar two years ago, so why not do something similar today? However, we will not consider an option in anyone’s favor as a bet.
Our forecast – both will score – yes, with odds 1.66 from BK Parimatch.