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BETTING TIP – OVER 2.5 GOALS
CORRECT SCORE PREDICTION – 2-1 MACCABI HAIFA
- Maccabi Haifa won the Israeli top division by four points last season
- Kairat Almaty are currently third in the Kazakhstani Premier League
Haifa to claim vital advantage
Maccabi Haifa are the reigning Israeli champions having finished four points clear at the top of the table. They scored exactly two goals a game over the course of the season but conceded less than a goal a game as they dominated on their way to victory.
Last season, the side were eliminated in embarrassing fashion after being beaten 7-2 by Tottenham in the Europa League qualifying section.
Kairat Almaty won the Kazakhstan Premier League last season but have performed below expectations so far this term with the side currently sitting in third place, five points off the lead as things stand. They are top scorers in the league however and conceded just 16 goals in 19 games but have drawn too many games to move themselves closer to the top of the league.
Kairat Almaty saw their European adventure end last season in this exact fixture with the two sides meeting at the same stage. Maccabi Haifa came out on top in that tie by a 2-1 scoreline.
We’re expecting a similar thing to happen in this game with the hosts looking too strong for their opponents and we’re forecasting another 2-1 win for Maccabi Haifa. Both sides have scored well domestically but neither have been stunning defensively. For that reason, we’re backing this game to see over 2.5 goals with plenty of action at either end.
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- 30 Jul