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NK Maribor vs Shakhter Soligorsk Predictions

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NK Maribor
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NK Maribor to Win and Over 2.5 Match Goals

12/5odds when tipped
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NK Maribor 2-1

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NK Maribor vs Shakhter Soligorsk Predictions

  • Maribor have won five of their last 10 Champions League home games
  • Shakhtyor are on a run of just three victories in eight on the road
  • Maribor finished last season by losing just one of their final 11 home fixtures

Can Maribor continue fine tradition?

Maribor remain the only Slovenian side to qualify for the Champions League group stages, a feat they have achieved on three occasions, most recently in 2019.

Radovan Karanović’s side, who won the First Division title last season, have had a string of pre-season friendlies as a build-up for this tie, with the last three all ending as score draws.

They finished the last campaign strongly, losing just one of their final 11 matches, while only one of their last eleven competitive home fixtures has ended in defeat.

The Purples also have a decent record at Ljudski vrt in the Champions League, with their three losses in their last 16 ties there coming to Schalke, Liverpool and Rosenborg.

Shakhtyor hoping to make history

Shakhtyor, who won the Belarusian title for the third time last year, come into this game somewhat finer tuned than Maribor, given they are already near the half-way point in their season.

The Miners sit fifth domestically, but their away form is not great, winning just three of their last eight on the road, a run that includes defeats to BATE and Minsk.

Sergei Tashuyev’s side, who reached the second qualifying round by beating Ludogorets last year, have also won just seven times in 27 away European matches, losing both their previous away UCL games.

I think that the visitors will get a goal in this one as they are doing well domestically, but this will be tough going for them – so I am backing Maribor to win with three or more goals, selecting 2-1 as a correct score prediction.

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