Maccabi Tel Aviv take on visitors from Kazakhstan, Kairat, in the second leg of Europa League qualifying matchup. The match will be played in Tel Aviv at Bloomfield Stadium on Thursday, July 21st.
Maccabi played well in the first leg but had to wait will the first minute of added time to score equalizing goal. This Yossi Benayoun strike extended unbeaten run of Maccabi to 16 matches as Israeli side haven’t los since the beginning of December. The away draw gives the team solid chances for the place in the next qualifying round. The team is undefeated in their last 13 home games, recording two draws and 11 wins, including 3-0 victory over Gorica in the previous qualifying round.
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Kairat are also on quite long streak without defeats that includes 14 victories and three draws since May 1st. The team is on the second place in Kazakh Premier League with 43 points after 21 matches played and 47-21 goal difference. Kairat were close to important home win in the first leg but couldn’t hold to 1-0 lead. 1-1 score in the first leg force the visiting side to play offense and try to score at least once. As to the away record of the team, Kairat played 14 matches one the road in 2016, taking seven wins, three draws and suffering four defeats. However, the very last away loss was on May first, seven matches ago.
Both teams belong to the leading group of clubs in their countries and rarely lose matches. The level of the teams is about the same which was confirmed by the first leg. We can expect the match to be the same, with small number of chances created and a low-scoring result.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 goals.