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Maccabi Haifa FC v Red Star Belgrade Betting Tips [17 August 2022]

Football - Champions League

17 August 2022 15:00

45' :  1 - 2
Red Star draw no bet
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The match

The UEFA Champions League playoff sees the Israeli champions Maccabi Haifa host Serbian champions Red Star at the Sammy Ofer Stadium with a spot in the group stage on the line. It’s been a perfect start to the season for Red Star who now have seven wins from seven matches across all competitions. The Serbian Superliga champions got to this stage of the competition after a dominant 7-0 aggregate scoreline against Armenian club Pyunik Yerevan in the last round. They’ll come up against a Maccabi Haifa side about to kick off the new domestic season with the start of the Israeli Ligat ha’Al coming just three days after this fixture. Haifa got past Cypriot club Apollon Limassol by an aggregate scoreline of 4-2 in the last round thanks to a dominant 4-0 home performance. Haifa has a record of 2-2-1 in competitive fixtures so far this season which includes a win and two draws on home soil. 

Maccabi Haifa will take a four-day rest advantage into this match as Red Star last played on the 13th in a 4-0 Superliga win over Vozdovac. However, Red Star has been on an absolute tear to start the season and the relatively short turnaround could work in their favor as they look to keep up the momentum. Crveno-beli have been scoring goals for fun in their opening seven fixtures, finding the back of the net on 28 occasions. Not to be overshadowed, Red Star’s defense has been stalwart, conceding only one goal in their current seven match winning run. Haifa will be hoping their home field advantage will be enough to push them over the line against stiff opposition but they have seen setbacks at the Sammy Ofer Stadium to start the season. A 1-1 home draw in the Super Cup followed by a 1-1 home draw against Olympicaos suggests they could struggle with a talented Red Star team.

Key Statistics

  • Red Star has now kept four consecutive clean sheets.
  • Red Star is averaging four goals scored per match while allowing 0.14 through the first seven matches of the season.
  • UEFA league coefficients ranks Serbia 11th and Israel 22nd, suggesting a higher level of competition that Red Star will be accustomed to.
  • Red Star has been leading at half time in all seven of their wins this season.

The bet of our experts

We’re going to back Red Star draw no bet as our pick for this match. This price is simply too high to pass up for the more talented squad that has had an incredible start to the season. Maccabi had an excellent season last year which was propelled forward by their dominant home fom. However, there have been a few cracks showing to start the season as the team gets ready for the start of the new league campaign. A draw certainly looks like it could be on the cards here but Red Star has enough talent in the team to come away with a narrow win and an aggregate lead to take back to Serbia.
Created on 15/08/2022 at 18:08
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