SCR Altach vs Maccabi Tel Aviv match previews
Competition: UEFA Europa League playoff
Date: 17 August 2017
Kick-off: 20:30 CET
What a shock Cashpoint SCR Altach produced, eliminating Gent in the third qualifying round. To make their accomplishment even more impressive, they qualified without losing to the Belgian side. After drawing 1-1 away from home, they went on to beat Gent 3-1 in Austria, playing though with an extra man after the 49th minute. At that point, the score was 1-1, and the tie was heading into extra time. Things changed a lot after that red card Stefan Mitrović received. Ironically, SCR Altach had failed to win home games against much weaker opponents in the two previous qualifying rounds. Against Chikhura from Georgia and Dinamo Brest from Belarus they had drawn 1-1, both games, winning though in Georgia and Belarus, 1-0 and 3-0 respectively. In Austria’s championship they started impressively with a 3-0 win over Austria Wien, but ever since then they have had three consecutive defeats, scoring just one goal.
Maccabi Tel Aviv didn’t eliminate KAA Gent in the previous round, but Panionios Athens from Greece is a more than decent team, and beating them 1-0 twice wasn’t that easy is it may seem. Looking at how they’ve done in the qualifiers (they started in the first round, back in June), you’re left impressed with their numbers; six wins in as many games, conceding just once, and scoring a total of 12 goals. Tirana and KR Reykjavik from Iceland weren’t exactly… huge opponents, but Maccabi delivered, even in games that it’s easy to fall victim of a surprise.
Previous 5 matches:
SCR Altach vs RB Salzburg 0-1
Wolfsberger AC vs SCR Altach 1-0
SCR Altach vs KAA Gent 3-1
Admira vs SCR Altach 4-1
KAA Gent vs SCR Altach 1-1
Hapoel Ra’anana vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 1-2
Maccabi Petah Tikva vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 0-3
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Maccabi Netanya 0-0
Panionios GSS vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 0-1
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Bnei Yehuda 2-0
On Sunday, SCR Altach will be visiting LASK Linz (Austria Bundesliga). Same day, Maccabi Tel Aviv will be hosting Beitar Jerusalem, on the opening day of the Israel national league.
SCR Altach vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Head to head Stats
SCR Altach have played very few international games, so there are no head to head matches between them and Maccabi Tel Aviv.
SCR Altach vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Predictions
The home team are given as slight favorites to win the match, which suits me just fine, because I’m backing the visitors to earn at least a draw.
SCR Altach vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Betting Tips
‘Draw or Maccabi Tel Aviv’ pays 1.50, kind of good considering that it’s a double chance. Maccabi’s win alone pays 2.75, and if you feel like pushing it, keeping in mind how impressive they have been defensively in their previous qualifying matches, you could go for a win of theirs combined with a clean sheet, at a very tempting 4.00.
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