One of the highlights of the new week in European football will of course be the Champions League. It takes a new step towards the main round. This will include a match in Haifa, where the local Maccabi take on Olympiacos. The Greeks are ambitious, but will they definitely be favourites, especially in the first meeting? The experts at this website have put together an exclusive forecast for this match on July 20, 2022. For full statistics and odds for the match, look at 1xbet nigeria.
Maccabi (Haifa) have to compete with their successful basketball namesake
The Greens from Carmel are certainly not quoted as steeply as their counterparts on the floor. But in football, too, they have a decent record, with 14 league titles (and, well, 5 cups). In particular, they managed to take the gold in the last edition – they defeated all the opponents, led by Hapoel (Beer Sheva). There were some successes in the European competitions as well, including the Champions League, where we got to the group round twice. In the last draw Maccabi lost to their first opponent in qualifying, the modest Kairat. But in the Conference League they got through to the main round.
Olympiacos confirmed their status as the main symbol of Greek club football
The Legend, by the way, also have to fight for their fans with their basketball section. But in football it has achieved serious results: 47 times the league title has gone to Piraeus. Including, invariably, three times in a row since 2020. Once again, in the spring, they managed to pull away from all the opponents, led by PAOK, without too many problems. In European competitions, though, Oli have not shown much. Yes, from time to time they managed to break into the main round of the Champions League – for example, in 2020, when they even managed to take the 3rd place and then, in the Europa League, they reached the 1/8 finals. But a year ago, the Greeks lost in qualification to Ludogorets. Eventually they moved on to the Europa League, where they made the play-offs again, but next up was Atalanta. They even beat them in Bergamo, but Malinovskiy and company made it 3-0 in the decisive meeting.
The clubs played in the group round of the Champions League in 2002. Maccabi took 4 points in their head-to-head encounters (3-0 at home, 3-3 away), and finished ahead of Olympiacos in the battle for third place.
Maccabi aren’t bad, but it seems that Olympiacos have more trump cards right now. We’ll hazard a guess that the Greeks will win (odds are 2.05).