Maccabi Haifa to prove might

Maccabi Haifa to prove might

Maccabi Haifa is going up against Slovan Bratislava as they look to prove they deserve their spots in the group stage of the Champions League. Meanwhile, Bratislava is a team who is hopeful to qualify in the Champions League group stage for the first time ever. Maccabi and Bratislava have a different journey going to the third round of the qualifiers. Bratislava had an edge against Zrinjski Mostar on a 3-2 aggregate, allowing them to qualify for the third round. However, for Maccabi, their journey is not easy as they overturned the first leg deficit, winning against Tiraspol on a 5-2 aggregate. The meeting between these two teams is on August 10, 2023, at 2:30 AM (GMT+8), with Bratislava as hosts.

This is the first time that these two teams meet, and both squads will be meeting a team from Israel and Slovakia for the first time as well. However, when it comes to playing at home, the hosts do not have an advantage. They draw their last three matches at home, so they really do not have an advantage playing at home. As for the visitors, they are also not doing well in their away matches, losing three of their last four games on the road. Fortunately, during the qualifiers, during their two away games, they were able to score four goals, and conceded to just one.

Maccabi Haifa

Champions League Qualifiers: Maccabi Haifa
Photo courtesy of AFP

Maccabi’s campaign in the qualifiers is a series of ups and downs, following their way of playing during the first and second rounds. They had a comfortable 6-1 win against Hamrun Spartans during the first leg, which qualified them in the second round. However, their second round is not as comfortable as the first round. They needed to overcome a one-goal deficit during the second leg against Sheriff, and fortunately, they did. Maccabi recorded a4-1 win against Sheriff in the second round, which eventually qualified them here. Across all competitions, they were able to win four of their last five games, which may bring a good momentum here. Although they have a poor run in European matches, Maccabi is still a team with experience, which works for their advantage.

They remain to be without Basam Zaarura, who is serving a 15-match suspension across all contests. As for Sun Menahem, he may be forced t sit here, due to a concussion protocol. Aside from them, there are no concerns for Maccabi, who is now ready to take an early lead here.

Slovan Bratislava

Champions League Qualifiers: Slovan Bratislava

As for Bratislava they had a pretty smooth campaign going into the third round of the qualifiers. They had a 3-1 aggregate win against Swift Hesperange during the first round. Furthermore, during the second round of the contest, they defeated Zrinjski Mostar in a 3-2 aggregate win. Now that they are going against a more experienced team in the third round, it seems like this is a tougher challenge for them. As they are going against a tougher squad, Bratislava needs to work harder in order to address their issues. However, they can gain confidence from the fact that they are unbeaten during the 2023-24 season, including their friendlies matches. When it comes to home games, they do not have much advantage as they are winless in their last three matches at home. Their last three home games all ended in draws, which is still a good sight for them.

Weiss, who have been cautioned for the third time, will be out in this match, as he will be serving a one-game ban in the first leg. Moreover, Aleksandar Cavric, and Cesar Blackman are both a doubt, following their injuries.


Maccabi Haifa (1.0)
Odds: -0.85

Ready to play?

You may place your bets for the Champions League Qualifiers match between Maccabi Haifa and Slovan Bratislava at Nova88, Asia’s largest and most trusted Online Casino Malaysia. Join and play now!