Mariupol vs Alkmaar
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 8 August 2019
Kick-off: 19:00 CET
Mariupol did not have to play in the first two qualifying rounds, but they have played official matches already this summer, as the championship in Ukraine has already started. Defeat at Kolos Kovalinka on their debut was following by a 2-1 win at home over Oleksandria last weekend, exactly what they needed to give themselves a morale boost ahead of this game against Alkmaar. Ruslan Fomin gave the lead to Mariupol in both their games in their championship the last 10 days, but only once they managed to protect it. Oleksandr Babych is their coach, in charge since September 2017. They finished 6th in regular season last year, but in the championship round they climbed up 4th in the table, and that’s how they earned this Europa League ticket.
Alkmaar “just” drew with Hacken at home in the first leg of their second round tie, they created doubts regarding their “favorites” status, but last week, in Sweden, they meant business, took the lead late in the first half, scored again early in the second one, before Oussama Idrissi added the cherry on top, making it 0-3. Arne Slot, their coach, was a relieved man late last Thursday, and in the Press conference he “remembered” what had happened to Alkmaar a year earlier, losing to Kairat in the qualifiers. Slot took over something over a month ago, and his first target was to do at least a little better than last year, when the Dutch side got eliminated super early. On Sunday, they hosted Fortuna Sittard, looking awesome in the second half (4-0). They scored all their four goals in 30 minutes, between the 53rd and the 83rd.
Previous five matches:
Mariupol vs Oleksandria 2-1
Kolos Kovalinka vs Mariupol 2-1
Zorya vs Mariupol 3-1
Darıca Gençlerbirligi vs Mariupol 1-2
Gabala vs Mariupol 2-1
Alkmaar vs Fortuna Sittard 4-0
Hacken vs Alkmaar 0-3
Alkmaar vs Beerschot-Wilrijk 0-1
Alkmaar vs Hacken 0-0
Gent vs Alkmaar 2-0
Mariupol’s next game is at Karpaty, on Sunday (Ukraine championship). Same day, Alkmaar will be visiting Waalwijk (Holland championship).
Mariupol vs Alkmaar: Head to head Stats
No history between these two.
Mariupol vs Alkmaar: Prediction
Alkmaar are considered favorites to win, something I agree with. Detail: the game is held in Odessa, not Mariupol’s real home, which makes the “hosts” mission even more difficult.
Mariupol vs Alkmaar: Betting Tips
Alkmaar’s win is at 2.00. Their double chance combined with “under 2.5 goals” pays 2.15.