Maribor take on the visitors Sevilla at “Ljudski vrt” in the matchday six of the UEFA Champions League Group stage. The game will be played on Wednesday, December 6th.
Maribor are the grand of the Slovenian football system, showing sustainable and solid play in the domestic competitions. Having broken ND Gorica with 2:1 scoreline on Saturday, December 2nd, “Vijolice” are taking the lead in the Slovenian Prva Liga with 43 points gained and 32-11 goal difference after 18 encounters played. However, the Slovenians cannot match the UEFA Champions League requirements: Maribor picked up only two points with 2-15 goal difference in five clashes, sitting on the last place in Group E table without any chances to leave the fourth position. In this season the team has failed only once in 15 matches played in face of their fans, but it was a disastrous 0:7 defeat from Liverpool while in the rest home battles Maribor deserved six draws and eight triumphs.
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Sevilla have not been beaten in five latest games of the season, having got four wins and single draw with 14 goals for and six goals against in them. “Los Nervionenses” currently share the fourth-fifth places in the Spanish LaLiga standings with Real Madrid, having taken 28 points in 14 encounters played. With five rounds behind in the UEFA Champions League, the Spaniards occupy the second position in Group E table with eight points earned and 11-11 goal difference. And for promotion to the 1/8 final stage it is better for Sevilla to win in the Slovenian fight. In this season the Spaniards recorded five victories, single draw and five losses on the road, showing inconsistent and unconvincing football.
Sevilla trashed Maribor at the home pitch with 3:0 scoreline. However, the Spaniards demonstrate different level of football in face of their fans and at away fields, being less aggressive in attack on the road. The upcoming hosts have lost only one clash at the home ground so far, nevertheless, “Vijolice” keep miserable chances for the points in the forthcoming battle, but they shouldn’t be smashed either.
Prediction for the match: Maribor to win with +2.5 Asian handicap.