Maribor take on the visitors Spartak Moscow at "Ljudski vrt" in the matchday one of the UEFA Champions League Group stage. The game will be played on Wednesday, September 13th.
Maribor entered the new season in the Qualifying stage of the UEFA Champions League on the 12th of July. While most of the Europeans top clubs were finishing their vacations, the Slovenians have started already paving its way in the UEFA Champions League from the second Qualifying round. Maribor passed through Zrinjski Mostar 2:1, 1:1, Hafnarfjordur 1:0, 1:0 and H. Beer Sheva 1:2, 1:0. After eight rounds behind in the Slovenian Prva Liga Maribor occupy the second place in the standings with 18 points gained and 13-5 goal difference. It should also be noted that the team has not been conceding a single goal for 369 minutes of football already. The Slovenian side hasn't lost any clash in face of its supporters since the 25th of May across nine consecutive games, having earned six victories and three draws during that period.
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Spartak Moscow came up to their desired return to the UEFA Champions League in a good mood. Last weekend "Narodnaya komanda" got its first victory since the 9th of August, having defeated Rubin Kazan 1:0 at the home field. However, that success didn't enable Spartak Moscow to shift higher in the Russian Premier League table where the club sits on the eighth place with 12 points earned and 12-13 goal difference. The weak point of Muscovites is their performance on the road as they haven’t gained any triumph with two defeats and three draws earned in five away matches of this season.
Maribor and Spartak Moscow have never met before. The bookmakers consider the visiting team to be the favourite of the forthcoming clash. Meanwhile, I wouldn't shrug off the hosts and even if they lose I don't believe the margin will be big.
Prediction for the match: Maribor to win with +1.0 Asian handicap.