FC Barcelona vs Maccabi Tel Aviv
Date: 30th March 2017
Kick-off: 21:00 CET
On Thursday night, FC Barcelona and Maccabi Tel Aviv will be a playing a game which will be only a battle for pride.
It has been a tough season for Barcelona, as the Catalonians will be missing the playoffs this season. The Catalonians managed to win their game in the previous round, as they defeated Crvena Zvezda at home, but that was just their third win in their last ten matches. On Thursday, Barcelona will have the chance to make it two games in a row though, as they will host another team from the bottom of the table – Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Maccabi have not had their best Euroleague season as well, winning 10 games and losing 18 so far. The club led by Ainars Bagatskis has been defeated in four of its last six games and deservedly occupies the 14th spot in the table. On Thursday, Maccabi will have a chance to score a win against Barcelona, but it won’t be an easy task.
FC Barcelona vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Head to head stats
For the past 16 years, FC Barcelona and Maccabi Tel Aviv have met 18 times in the Euroleague and the Catalonians have won 12 of those games.
Barcelona are 7-1 at home against Maccabi.
In the previous game between the two clubs earlier this season, Barcelona won with a 69-79 score.
FC Barcelona vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Prediction
The game on Thursday between Barcelona and Maccabi will definitely be an interesting one, despite not being for anything else except pride. Both clubs will be able to just get out on the court and play without any pressure and that usually brings out the best out of the players.
Statistically, neither team has done great. Barcelona are dead-last in terms of offense this season, barely averaging 71.4 ppg. Maccabi have done slightly better, scoring 78.9 ppg. The Catalonians have been decent on defense, limiting its opponents to 75.1 ppg, while Maccabi have allowed 84.0 ppg.
Expect a win for Barcelona in the end in what will most likely be a very contested game.
FC Barcelona vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Tips
I would skip this match as it has nothing to offer to either team. It’s very hard to predict what motivation they still have.