Champions League Betting Tips

Maribor vs Shakhtyor Soligorsk betting tips: Champions League First Qualifying Round First Leg preview, predictions and odds

Under 2.5 goals is 7/10.

Maribor to win and both teams to score NO is 19/10. 

Match preview

Maribor have been semi-regulars when it comes to UEFA group stages in recent seasons, so will be hoping to make it once again.

The Violets won their seventh Slovenian PrvaLiga title in 11 seasons last season and their 16th triumph overall.

With this as the platform, Maribor have competed in seven UEFA group stages, three of which have been in the Champions League.

However, since their most recent in 2017, they've fallen in qualifying each season, eliminated by Rangers, Ludogorets, Coleraine and Hammarby.

This time, starting in Champions League qualifying, Radovan Karanović's side are expected to secure some sort of group phase football.

In the context of this tie, the home side are big favourites.

Shakhtyor Soligorsk won back-to-back Belarusian titles in 2020 and 2021 but are currently down in fourth 12 games into this campaign.

In Europe, the Miners' best-ever run came in 2014, beaten by PSV Eindhoven in the play-off round.

Subsequently, they've only won five of 14 ties, losing the last four on the bounce against Torino, Sfântul Gheorghe, Ludogorets and Fola Esch.

Sergei Tashuyev's side aren't helped by the fact the second leg will be played a neutral venue, namely Sakarya Atatürk Stadyumu in Adapazarı.

With a full house behind them, Maribor will be hoping to build-up an unassailable lead at Stadion Ljudski vrt.

The winners of this tie will take on FC Sheriff Tiraspol or HŠK Zrinjski Mostar in the Champions League second qualifying round.

As for the losers, they'll find themselves in the Europa Conference League third qualifying round.

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Ben Gray

Ben Gray

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