Slavia Prague vs Maccabi Tel Aviv match preview
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 14 September 2017
Kick-off: 19:00 CET
Venue: Eden Aréna
APOEL Nicosia proved too good for Slavia Prague in the UEFA Champions League playoffs, the Cyprus side won 2-0 at home in the first leg, the return leg in the Czech Republic had no goals, so Slavia had/have to… settle for Europa League group stage football. Last season they got eliminated by Anderlecht in the qualifying rounds, so playing in the group stage this year is definitely a step forward for them. After six game weeks in the Czech Republic’s championship, they are sitting second in the table, but they are already six points behind leaders Viktoria Plzen, who are yet to drop points. Last weekend, Slavia Prague drew 1-1 at Sigma Olomouc.
Maccabi Tel Aviv almost committed football suicide in the playoffs of the Europa League. They beat SCR Altach 1-0 in Austria in the first leg, but back home they were left behind in the score not just once, but twice (0-1, 1-2), before finally managing to secure a 2-2 draw, good enough to guarantee them group stage football this season. Last year they failed to make it through the group stage. Domestically, they started the new championship campaign in Israel by losing 3-0 to Beitar Jerusalem at home, but they bounced back, winning their next two games, including the one last weekend, at home, over Bnei Sakhnin.
Previous five matches:
Sigma Olomouc vs Slavia Prague 1-1
SK Slavia Prague vs Mlada Boleslav 4-0
Slavia Prague vs APOEL Nicosia 0-0
Bohemians 1905 vs Slavia Prague 0-0
APOEL Nicosia vs Slavia Prague 2-0
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Bnei Sakhnin 2-0
Ironi Kiryat Shmona vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 1-2
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs SCR Altach 2-2
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Beitar Jerusalem 0-3
SCR Altach vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 0-1
Slavia’s next game is on Sunday, at home, against Sparta Prague (Czech Republic championship). A day later, Maccabi Tel Aviv will be visiting Maccabi Netanya (Israel championship).
Slavia Prague vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Head to head Stats
This is the first game ever between these two.
Slavia Prague vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Prediction
Slavia Prague are considered rather clear favorites to win this home match. Personally, I’m backing Maccabi to earn at least a draw, tempted by their more decent paying double chance, and also the fact that they have seven away wins in seven matches(!!) since the start of the season, including at Altach and Panionios, in Europa League qualifying rounds.
Slavia Prague vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Betting Tips
Maccabi Tel Aviv’s double chance is at 1.75 betting odds, very good, considering that this is a double chance we are “talking” about.
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