Maribor – Liverpool Europe Champions League Prediction and Preview: 17th October 2017
The hosts of Maribor managed to score a single point in the first two rounds of the Champions League after the draw (score 1-1) against the Russians is at Spartak Moscow. The striking difference between the team from Slovenia and the other teams in the group is extremely significant, their goal being definitely closing the groups in the third position and implicitly qualifying in the Europa League. Taking into account that the direct opponent for 3rd place Spartak Moscow drew with Liverpool in the second round, Maribor must also force an important result against the English or Seville. That’s why we think Maribor will do everything he can to defend himself in this duel. At the same time, we must mention that Maribor will not be able to rely on Sme and Suler, the two being injured.
On the other hand, back in the Champions League, Liverpool only got 2 draws in the first two rounds against Sevilla and Spartak Moscow. Jurgen Klopp’s formation does not go through a very good time, and managed to win a single game from the previous 5 official games. Also, as far as the domestic championship is concerned, the Cormorants are numbering 8 in the Premier League with 13 points cumulative after 3 wins and 4 draws, 9 points behind the Manchester City leader. That’s why a success on the field of a much weaker band such as Maribor could be more than important in terms of the morale of English players.