We offer a forecast for the Europa League qualifying match, in which Maccabi from Haifa will host Bosnian Zhelezničar on September 9. Who will reach the qualifying quarterfinals? – the answer is in our material.
The new Israel Championship started on August 30. The global pandemic is making its own adjustments to the calendar of world sports, but Maccabi started, and in Hadera they managed to beat Hapoel (2: 1).
Following the results of the last championship, the Greens from Caramel were able to get silver medals. In 36 rounds of the last season, the Greens won 22 wins and drew seven times, losing 14 points to the champion. The team has the best score in the tournament in terms of goals scored – the Israeli club hit the opponent’s goal 73 times, while Rukavitsa became the best sniper in the team (18 goals).
The six-time champion of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the last tournament managed to play only 22 games, which was enough to get a ticket to the Europa League and silver medals in the major league tournament.
In the new championship, the Blues started off just brilliantly – four wins in a row over Velez Mostar (3: 0), Radnik Bijelina (2: 0), Borac Banja Luka (2: 1) and Sloboda (2 : 0). In the last round, Amar Oshima’s charges unexpectedly lost to Mladosti (0: 1), for which few could predict.
Elezničar have won 9 of their last 10 matches
Maccabi have scored in 8 of 10 last matches
Zhelezničar have conceded 1.9 goals on average
Opponents will play the first face-to-face match in the history of confrontations
Today, teams of approximately the same level will enter the field, and both have playing practice. In our opinion, in Haifa, the advantage will be on the side of the hosts, who had a great summer stage of the national championship, and the opening match showed the huge potential of the team.
Most likely, the guests will play defensively, especially since the disease crippled the players, but Maccabi is unlikely to be able to win an easy victory. We suggest playing a bet in favor of the minimum success of one of the teams.
Our prediction is that Zheleznichar will win with a handicap (+1.5) and we bet on it using the Winline bookmaker’s line with the odds of 2.15