Match Time:7/11/2019 04:00 Thursday(GMT+8)
Valur Reykjavik: Three straight wins ( Recent Form: W L W W W )
Iceland has always been worth a trip as a holiday destination. But the small country has more to offer than beautiful landscapes, volcanoes and geysers. The footballers also caused a sensation in the recent major tournaments. The infrastructure with numerous indoor halls enables a good education, before the talents in Scandinavia, England or the Netherlands mature to experienced professionals. The national league, on the other hand, did not really benefit from this upturn. At club level, the Icelanders remain a football dwarf, which is why the bookmakers at Valur Reykjavik against Maribor, according to odds estimate the host as an outsider. Reigning champion Knattspyrnufelagio Valur from the capital Reykjavik is currently in the middle of the current season, as the league is played in Iceland during the calendar year and the season kicked off in April. With the title hat trick, it should be nothing more this season. After twelve matchdays, the deficit as table fifth on record champion KR Reykjavík is already 13 points. Only two of the twelve teams currently have more defeats than Valur (six bankruptcies). Nevertheless, the squad of coach Olafur Johannesson showed shape improved in recent weeks and won four of the youngest five matches. Only with leaders KR lost the 22 -fold titleholder Valur narrowly with 2: 3. This is a glimmer of hope for the game against the Slovenians, so between Valur Reykjavik and Maribor, our prediction for tip placement tends to 1X. After eight years of abstinence, Valur participated for the first time in 2016 in a qualifier for a UEFA competition. In the past three years, the only time left for the Icelanders has been in the Europa League qualifying round, when they finished third against Sheriff Tiraspol of Moldova. Well-known player in ranks of Valur is national goalkeeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson, whose most famous act was the held penalty by superstar Leo Messi during the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Maribor: Work hard for new season ( Recent Form: D L W L W )
Between 2011 and 2015, the NK Maribor drove five championships in a row. This absolute dominance came "Vijolicasti" last lost something. In 2016 and 2018, capital club Olimpija Ljubljana was crowned Slovenian Champion. Record champion Maribor (15 titles) was both times only vice - even a year ago tied with Olimpija. Last May, however, the Empire (eight league titles in the past eleven years) struck back and is therefore part of the Champions League qualifiers. In this, the Slovenes make the trip to Iceland as a favorite, as proven by Valur Reykjavik against Maribor numerous odds of various bookmakers. The Champions League group stage reached Maribor so far three times - in addition to the seasons 1999/00 and 2014/15 last in the 2017/18 season. In addition, the Slovenians were represented three times in the group stage of the Europa League (2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14). In total, this makes five successfully completed qualifying rounds in the past eight years. This is a great success for the club from the second largest city in Slovenia. The most interesting player in the ranks of Maribor is Luka Zahovic. The son of former world-class player Zlatko Zahovic has scored a total of 51x in the past three seasons and finished last season with 18 goals top scorer. Whether or not the 23-year-old will have a legendary status similar to that of his famous dad and current sporting director of Maribor remains to be seen. Due to the weak test game results in the last weeks (2-0-3), we do not expect an easy walk for the Slovenians in Iceland and would try our luck between Valur Reykjavik and Maribor with a tip on the double chance 1X. With Jan Mlakar Maribor also lost a service provider (13 goals, after lending back to Brighton).
THE BETTING VERDICT:
After all, Valur is very confident of winning the Champions League ticket next season. Winning against Maribor at home is a perfectly feasible task.
Valur Reykjavik VS Maribor
Pick: Valur Reykjavik 0.5