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Kairat Almaty vs Maccabi Haifa: Prediction and Betting Tips
Kairat Almaty hoping to advance to the second round for the first time
Three-time Kazakhstan champions Kairat have advanced once to the playoff round of a European competition. That was in the 2015-16 season in the Europa League where they eliminated Red Star Belgrade, Alashkert, and Aberdeen, before losing to Bordeaux. In the Champions League, this is their second participation, and have lost to Bratislava in the first round in 2005.
Almaty are currently playing in their domestic league and are unbeaten in their last ten matches in all competitions and have not lost at home in 11 matches. Coach Kirill Keker’s team had a good game in the first leg and were a tough opponent for Maccabi. They even had more goal attempts than their hosts and managed to score the equalizer in the 76th minute.
Kairat Key Points
- Kairat have scored in all of their last ten matches
- Kairat had clean sheets in five of their last ten matches
- In their last ten matches, Kairat scored 2.5 goals on average per match
Maccabi Haifa need to take risks to secure victory
Maccabi Haifa was the first team in their country to play in the Champions League group stage in 2002 and registered two wins against Olympiacos and Manchester United. Their second participation in the group stages of the CL wasn’t so successful as they lost all of their six matches. They are thirteen times champions of their domestic league and won the league for the first time a decade last season.
Coach Barak Bakhar’s team hadn’t played a competitive match in June and that showed in their first match against Kairat. Despite having three shots at goal, they weren’t the dominant side in the game. Bakhar needs to have an attacking-minded game plan as they travel to Almaty to ensure they come back with a win and qualification to the second round.
Maccabi Key Points
- Maccabi have no win in their six away matches in the Champions League
- Both teams have scored in seven of the last ten matches of Maccabi
- In their last ten matches, Maccabi have failed to score in one match
Kairat Almaty vs Maccabi Haifa Prediction
This could be a very unpredictable match in terms of deciding the winner. Both teams had almost identical stats in the first leg match and go into this game with equal strengths.
Kairat are favorites to win with the bookies with 2.13 odds at Vbet. The fact that the Kazakh team are playing at home and are involved in their league makes them more on form.
On the other hand, Maccabi have a much better history and experience in the Champions League and are expected to have a better performance in the second leg.
There is a 60% chance of both teams scoring in this match as they are both chasing a win and will do all they can to score.
Kairat Almaty vs Maccabi Haifa Betting Tips
Both Teams To Score Yes 1.74 at Vbet
Goals in Both Halves No 1.93 at Vbet
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