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Ħamrun Spartans vs Maccabi Haifa betting tips: Champions League first qualifying round first leg preview, predictions and odds

Ħamrun Spartans vs Maccabi Haifa odds and betting statistics

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Ħamrun Spartans vs Maccabi Haifa match preview

Will Maccabi Haifa leave Ta’ Qali in a commanding position?

The Greens were crowned Israeli Premier League champions for the 15th time earlier this year, securing a third consecutive title, despite having not won the league for a decade beforehand.

Two years ago, they ended their eight-year wait for UEFA group stage football, this in the Europa Conference League, before getting all the way to the Champions League proper 12 months ago.

Maccabi knocked out Olympiacos and Crvena zvezda en route, both of which were massive upsets, with their latest quest for Champions League qualification kicking off here.

Ħamrun Spartans meanwhile are the champions of Malta, winning two of the last three titles, having not been champions since 1991 prior to this renaissance.

Before last year, they’d only ever won one tie in UEFA competition, this coming in 1984.

It would be an even bigger upset if Luciano Zauri’s side advanced through this tie, making this first leg must win.

Whoever advances will take on Farul Constanța or FC Sheriff Tiraspol in the Champions League second qualifying round.

The losers drop into the Europa Conference League second qualifying round, where the losers of Astana vs Dinamo Tbilisi await.

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