Match date: 13 Sep 2017
| Sport: Football
| Competition: UEFA Champions League
| Stake: 9/10
| Pick: under 2.5
| Match result:
1-1 - Won
Maribor achieved great result by reaching Champions league group stage in this season, they started qualifications from second round where eliminated Zrinjski from Bosnia & Herzegovina, next opponents were Hafnarfjordur from Iceland while in last round eliminated Hapoel Beer Sheva from Israel due to away goal rule, in domestic league they had decent start and after 8 rounds are at second position with only two points less than main rivals in title race Olimpija Ljubljana, in first round of Champions league they are welcoming Russian Champions Spartak Moscow and must play some really good football to defeat them. This group is very strong with Liverpool and Sevilla in it so these two sides will probably fight for third spot and placement into Europa league knockout stage. Maribor suffered only one defeat in new campaign in play off finals against H. Beer Sheva, now are coming to this game after goalless draw against Celje, before that celebrated in Cup over lower ranked team, anyway now have some serious side in front of them and victory will be a difficult to achieve.
Defender Billong (5/0), midfielders Inbrum (0/0), Brsic (1/0) and forward Zahovic (6/0) are all injured while defender Sme (1/0) is in doubt due to a slight injury.
Spartak Moscow meanwhile did a great job in previous season and they won direct placement into Champions league group stage after winning the title in Russian Premier league, however in new season they are struggling to find their form and are at 8th position after nine matches with nine points less than current leaders Zenit, it seems that won't be able to defend a title but anyway must show some improving in order to reach at least European competitions for the next season, to this game Spartak are coming as favorites but it won't be very easy to defeat hosts which are in much better form. Guests celebrated in last round over Rubin Kazan with narrow result in Moscow while before that suffered two defeats and got one draw, they had difficult schedule since in those games met with two strong sides and City rivals CSKA and Lokomotiv but still can't be satisfied with their form and must change something in their game. This will be a difficult game for sure, Spartak weren't impressive in defense so far with 13 goals conceded while attack also wasn't great with only 12 goals scored, it will be hard to save their on net tonight but opponents also weren't very effective so i doubt that we'll see much of goals here.
Midfielders Ananidze (4/0), Timofeev (4/0), Zobnin (0/0) and forward Ze Luis (6/1) will all miss this match due to injuries while defender Tasci (4/0) is still in doubt due to his injury issues.
This probably won't be one of exiting games, two teams which are almost without chances for Champions league knockout stage are facing here but both have imperative to win in order to reach at least third position, i doubt that this can be an easy victory for any of the teams , under 2.5 goals to be scored seems like reasonable choice for this duel.