Maccabi Tel-Aviv vs Suduva
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 8 August 2019
Kick-off: 19:30 CET
Maccabi Tel-Aviv are one of the disappointed ones who started the season playing in the Champions League qualifiers, but got… relegated to Europa League, without even a group stage ticket assured. What makes Maccabi’s disappointment even bigger, is that last week they got eliminated by a good team, no doubt, but not a… giant. CFR Cluj earned a 2-2 draw in Israel, a week after beating Maccabi 1-0 in Cluj-Napoca. Vladan Ivic, Maccabi’s coach, is in a tough position. If things for them go badly in the Europa League qualifiers as well, he may not still be working there when the championship starts, in something over two weeks from now.
Suduva “left” the Champions League qualifiers earlier than Maccabi, getting eliminated by Red Star Belgrade in the first round. Things proved easy against Tre Penne the last two weeks, beating them 0-5 on the road, and then 5-0 at home as well. The championship in Lithuania just restarted, and Suduva did what they were expected, they beat Stumbras 3-0 at home. They remain at the top of the table, having second-placed Žalgiris two points behind them. Suduva have won three of their last six away games in Europa League qualifiers, but none of those three teams they beat were anywhere near Maccabi’s level. They did earn a draw at Sion though, two years ago. Only Ludogorets and Celtic managed to beat them the last two years in EL qualifiers. On the other hand, Maccabi have four wins in a row at home in the same competition.
Previous five matches:
Maccabi Tel-Aviv vs CFR Cluj 2-2
CFR Cluj vs Maccabi Tel-Aviv 1-0
Maccabi Tel-Aviv vs Bnei Yehuda 1-0
Sparta Rotterdam vs Maccabi Tel-Aviv 1-2
Genk vs Maccabi Tel-Aviv 4-1
Suduva vs Stumbras 3-0
Suduva vs Tre Penne 5-0
Tre Penne vs Suduva 0-5
Red Star Belgrade vs Suduva 2-1
Suduva vs Red Star Belgrade 0-0
Maccabi’s next game is the return leg of this tie. Suduva are scheduled to visit Panevėžys on Sunday (Lithuania championship).
Maccabi Tel-Aviv vs Suduva: Head to head Stats
No history between these two.
Maccabi Tel-Aviv vs Suduva: Prediction
I expect Maccabi to… pick their pieces up, after last week’s failure, beat Suduva, and I won’t be surprised if they earn a two-goal advantage ahead of the return leg.
Maccabi Tel-Aviv vs Suduva: Betting Tips
Given that a simple Maccabi win is at just 1.30, I would try the same combined with “under 3.5 goals”, at 2.12.