Fighting match in UEFA Champions League’s first preliminary round. Iceland champion Valur receives the visit of the best team in Slovenia, Maribor. The hosts are trying to write history and win, for the first time, a double of the star competition. An extremely hot duel is announced, from which gamblers can make a considerable profit.
The shape of the teams and the latest direct results
- Last direct encounter: No more opponents
- Form Valur (last 5 games): W W W L W
- Form Maribor (last 5 games): W L W L L
He managed to defend the title of the champion conquered in 2017, crowning in 2018 Iceland champion, ending 2 points in 2nd place, Breidablik. It only occupies the 5th position in the current edition of the championship, with the chances of recovering the difference of 13 points from the leader.He comes after four victories in the last five rounds, which tells how badly the current championship started. It was eliminated in Round 1 of Rosenborg, in the previous edition of the Champions League, after a home win, 1: 0 score and a defeat in the away, score 3: 1.
He won without too much emotion the previous edition of Prva Liga Slovenia, winning 23 wins in 36 rounds. He has only played friendly games this summer, registering 2 wins and 3 defeats, wins with Dravinja and Gorica.The defeats of friends came with Akhmat Grozny, Krakow and Slovakia. It was strengthened in this period of mercato with two offensive midfielder, Rudi Vancas and Rok Kronaveter and with a central defender, Spiro Pericic.
⚽ Direct meetings
It will be the first direct duel between the two bands.
⚽ Valur – Maribor probable teams:
Valur (3-4-3): Halldorsson; Saevarsson, Sigurbjörnsson, Hedlund; Finsen, Petry, K. F. Sigurdsson, H. P. Sigurdsson; Adolphsson, Bartalsst, Pedersen.
Maribor (4-2-3-1): Piric; Viler, Cretu, Ivkovic, Milec; Dervisevic, Vrhovec; Mesanovic, Pihler, Hotic; Zahovič.
⚽ Forecasting, statistics and probable teams
Valur won for the 22nd time the title and is preparing for a new European experience. He hopes to break the ice and to do what no other team in Iceland has ever been able to get closer to the group stage. Last year was about to make a huge surprise – he won the first leg of the Rosenborg dispute by 1-0. In return he missed the incredible qualifying, due to a goal from Bendtner in the 4th minute of overtime.The competitive system is an asset for the Icelanders. Valur is in full championship and even if he is in 5th place, the players are in the best physical form. The team prepared by Johannesson has three consecutive wins, the last one on Thursday. Red-blues beat KA 3-1. Former midfielder of Dinamo, Bartalsstovu, is the main player – he played 8 staggered matches but still failed to score.
Probable Team Valur: Halldorsson – Saevarsson, Sigurbjornsson, Hedlund – Finsen, Petry, K. Sigurdsson, H. Sigurdsson – Adolphsson, Bartalsstovu, Pedersen
Maribor is the champion of Slovenia and has an important pedigree in the European Cups. Two seasons took off in the second round and reached the UEFA Champions League. He managed to get remarkable results, even though he finished the last place – he scored three draws as he played against Liverpool, Sevilla and Spartak Moscow. Last year was stopped by Rangers on the way to the Europa League.Maribor has a Romanian player in the batch. Former midfielder of Poli Iasi, Alexandru Cretu, has been playing in Slovenia since 2016. The 27-year-old footballer confirmed last season and was a constant presence in the friendly games this summer. Last Wednesday, violets defeated Gorica 4-1 in a test match. The most categorical victory recorded with Dravinja, 10-0.
Probable team Maribor: Piric – Viler, Cretu, Ivkovic, Milec – Dervisevic, Vrhovec – Mesanovic, Pihler, Hotic – Zahovic
Football Prediction of the Day Valur vs Maribor
I think Maribor will succeed in this game, and will meet a team that does not make the best season in history, suffering already 6 defeats in 12 rounds.Valur comes after four championship victories in the last five rounds, but wins come down to a far lower ranking than her, with 1 defeat in these five games with Reykjavik leader.
Bet Tips: Maribor
Maribor is, without a doubt, the best team in this double. He is expected not to have trouble in Iceland and to secure a score that will seriously simplify his mission in the return home. The Slovenians have a very good victory, but I choose to play “safe”. I will bet on the fact that the violets will lead to the break or the end.
Prediction Today: PsF 2