Maribor take on the visitors Liverpool at “Ljudski vrt” in the gameweek three of the UEFA Champions League Group stage. The match will be played on Tuesday, October 17th.
Maribor have not been broken in two latest encounters. The team defeated Rudar 2:1 in the Slovenian Prva Liga last weekend. After 12 rounds played Maribor are sitting on the second place in the standings with 28 points gained and 21-8 goal difference. The side earned 1:1 draw against Spartak Moscow and lost 0:3 to Sevilla in two starting clashes of the UEFA Champions League group stage, As a result, the club occupies the last place in Group E table with one point earned and 1-4 goal difference. In regards to the side’s performance at the home field, the Slovenians have not been beaten since the 27th of May, having got six victories and five draws during that time. Maribor‘s draw series makes up three games in a row.
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In their turn, Liverpool ended with draws their three recent matches. Last weekend Jurgen Klopp’s side took 0:0s draw against Manchester United in a home battle. “The Merseysiders” settle on the eighth position in the Premier League table with 13 points taken and 13-12 goal difference, being nine points behind the leader. The English side got two draws in the UEFA Champions League group stage: 2:2 against Sevilla and 1:1 vs. Spartak Moscow. As a result, the team shares the second-third places with the Russians in the group standings with two points earned and 3-3 goal difference. Liverpool gained two triumphs, three draws and two defeats in seven clashes on the road in this season.
Maribor and Liverpool have never met before. The visitors are considered to be the favourites of the upcoming battle as it is much stronger, richer and more famous than the hosting team. However, I believe that the game will neither be finished with a big spread not too many goals will be scored in it.
Prediction for the match: Under 4.0 scored goals.