Maribor vs Spartak Moscow: Stalemate on the cards in Slovenia

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Odds: Maribor 13/4, Draw 13/5, Spartak Moscow 39/50

Kick Off: 1945, 13/09/2017

Stadium: Stadion Ljudski vrt

TV: BT Sport

Maribor and Spartak Moscow are expected to fight it out for third place behind Liverpool and Sevilla in their Champions League pool and we’re tipping this to be a tight contest.

These teams are returning to the group stage after claiming title triumphs in Slovenia and Russia respectively and could be forgiven for getting off to a cautious start.

The visitors are odds-on favourites to prevail, but we prefer 13/5 for a draw in our Maribor vs Spartak Moscow betting predictions.

A Look At Maribor’s Betting Odds

Maribor were far from disgraced on home turf when last getting this far three years ago, drawing with Chelsea and Sporting Lisbon here and only going down 1-0 to Schalke.

Darko Milanic’s side weren’t exactly convincing in the qualifying rounds, starting with a 3-2 aggregate win over HSK Zrinjski of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Iceland’s FH Hafnarfjordur were then beaten 1-0 at home and away before Maribor scraped past Hapoel Beer-Sheva of Israel via the away goals rule.

Nevertheless, they have been incredibly strong at home over the past 15 months, including a seven-match unbeaten run here in Europe, and Evens they avoid defeat takes the eye from the Maribor vs Spartak Moscow odds.

A Look At Spartak Moscow’s Betting Odds

Spartak Moscow’s last group-stage appearance came four years ago, when they finished bottom of a section containing Barcelona, Celtic and Benfica, losing twice to the Hoops.

Last season, they powered to the Russian title, having seven points to spare over city rivals CSKA, but that success was largely built on home results, with 14 of 22 wins coming on their own turf.

This term has not been going as well, with Spartak down in mid-table and yet to claim victory from five away fixtures.

A £10million deadline-day swoop for Brazilian forward Pedro Rocha should help, while compatriot Fernando, Holland winger Quincy Promes and Croatian midfielder Mario Pasalic, on loan from Chelsea, are other key figures.

However, we’re still not convinced they travel well and like 6/1 for a 1-1 stalemate for our Maribor vs Spartak Moscow betting tips.

Head-to-head: N/A

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Best bets for Maribor vs Spartak Moscow

Match to be drawn @ 13/5

Maribor to avoid defeat @ Evens

Correct score of 1-1 @ 6/1

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Tony has been a journalist for more than 25 years, with past positions including Press Association betting editor, Teletext Sport betting editor and Sport Newspapers deputy racing editor. A Manchester United and Salford Red Devils supporter, he spends much of his spare time walking his two pet greyhounds.

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