The eliminated Maribor is the rival of Seville on Wednesday, December 6, in search of his classification for the eighth finals of the 2017/2018 edition of the Champions League. As part of the sixth and final round of the group stage, the match takes place at 17:45 CET at the Ljudski vrt stadium in Maribor, Slovenia.
The teams are in Group E, which is led by Liverpool with nine points earned. Sevilla are in second place with eight. Spartak Moscow, who travels to England to face the English at the same time, is third with six. The Slovenians added just two points and will finish in the fourth and final place.
Maribor’s recent performance
There was not much to expect from Maribor, which is considered big locally, but when you have your budget compared to the biggest teams on the Old Continent get a little bit.
On Saturday, December 2, at home, the team struggled to impose their favoritism and defeat Gorica by 2-1. It needed a goal in the 43 minutes of the second half (marked by Marcos Tavares) against an opponent who played with one less athlete (Celcer has been expelled) since the 20 minutes.
He managed to isolate himself in the leadership of the Prva League. He reached 43 points (13 wins, four draws and one defeat) leaving behind Ljubljana, who parked in the 40th to be defeated by Domzale 1-0.
Coach Darko Milanic has three problems to set the team that will face Sevilla on Wednesday. Defenders Aleksander Rajcevic (nine matches in the 2017/2018 season of the Slovenian Championship, two goals) and Denis Sime (one match, no goal) and striker Luka Zahovic (eight games, no goal) are undergoing injury treatment.
The current form of Sevilla
The situation of the Spanish team in the fight for the classification is quite quiet. Should Maribor be defeated, they will be guaranteed in the round of 16. However, you can secure your place even if you do not score in Slovenia. For this, however, he would need Spartak not to defeat Liverpool in England.
The club’s latest results indicate that cheering against the Russians should be unnecessary. On Saturday, December 2, at home, Sevilla passed by La Coruña scoring 2-0. It thus achieved five games (four wins and a draw) without losing.
He has 28 points (nine wins, one draw and four losses) dividing fourth place in the Spanish league with Real Madrid, although he is a disadvantage in the tiebreaker criteria and, therefore, finishes in the fifth position.
The Argentine coach also has medical problems that limit his options for qualification. However, they are not significant. The three athletes in injury treatment can not be considered holders. They are defenders Daniel Carriço (three games in the 2017/2018 Spanish season without a goal) and Nicolas Pareja (two games without a goal) and midfielder Walter Montoya (a game without a goal).
History of the matches Maribor vs Sevilla
The teams were in the same key in the 2013/2014 edition of the Europa League. At the time, Sevilla drew 2-2 at home and won 2-1 at home. In the first round of the current edition of the Champions League, the Spaniards scored 3-0.
Faced with a technically narrower rival, Sevilla is the best guessing option for the duel. It has a price of 1.17 in Rivalo. Draw presents prize of 7.00. Success of home owners pays 17.00 per real invested.
Our Prediction: Sevilla win @ 1.17