Spartak Moscow vs Maribor: Visitors struggling to score away goal

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Odds: Spartak Moscow 1/5, Draw 5/1, Maribor 25/2

Kick Off: 1700, 21/11/2017

Stadium: Otkrytie Arena

TV: BT Sport

Maribor battled hard to hold Spartak Moscow to a draw in Slovenia at the start of the Champions League group stage but we fear they may not have much fight left in them for the return fixture.

The underdogs must travel to Russia after losing three subsequent games by an aggregate score of 13-0 and have almost no chance of making the knockout rounds.

Another defeat without scoring is on the cards and we’re on that outcome at 17/20 in our Spartak Moscow vs Maribor betting predictions.

A Look At Spartak Moscow’s Betting Odds

Spartak Moscow could certainly do with a win here after going down 2-1 at Sevilla on Matchday 4, with a 78th-minute poacher’s goal from Ze Luis proving too little, too late.

However, they had previously done well in two home matches, thrashing the Spanish side 5-1 after drawing 1-1 with Liverpool.

Midfielder Denis Glushakov insisted: “It’s still in our hands and heads – if we win our two remaining games, we’ll be in with a chance.”

With the likes of Holland winger Quincy Promes and former Brazil forward Luiz Adriano in their ranks, we like 5/1 for a 2-0 home win from the Spartak Moscow vs Maribor odds.

A Look At Maribor’s Betting Odds

After being hammered 7-0 by Liverpool in Slovenia, Maribor kept things much tighter in the return fixture at Anfield, even holding the Reds at bay until half-time.

However, they were undone by some slick passing and movement around the edge of the area in the second period on Merseyside and it could have been worse than 3-0 but for a superb penalty save by Jasmin Handanovic.

The 6ft 4in keeper may be in the twilight stage of his career at the age of 39, but he put in an athletic display to keep the score down.

It will be disappointing if the hosts can’t forge ahead before the break, though, with 21/10 for a 1-0 lead at that point included in our Spartak Moscow vs Maribor betting tips.

Additional stats

Last Champions League result:

Sevilla 2-1 SPARTAK MOSCOW – Ze Luis

Liverpool 3-0 MARIBOR

Head-to-head: Maribor 1-1 Spartak Moscow

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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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