On July 20, the match of the 2nd qualifying round of the Champions League “Maccabi” Haifa – “Olympiacos” will take place. Start – at 20:00 Moscow time. Experts have already given a forecast, they do not see a clear favorite in the match. You can bet on the victory of Maccabi in bookmakers with a coefficient of 2.77, and the success of Olympiacos is estimated at 2.53. A draw is given a coefficient of 3.20.

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Odds of bookmakers for the match of the 2nd qualifying round of the Champions League Maccabi X – Olympiacos on July 20, 2022

Bookmakers think that the Maccabi Haifa-Olympiacos match will not be productive: the total over 2.5 goals goes for 2.25, and the total under 2.5 goals goes for 1.66. If the hosts score, the odds will be 1.38. Away goal is available at bookmakers with odds of 1.36. They offer to bet on “both teams to score” for 1.90.

Analysis and forecast for the match of the 2nd qualifying round of the Champions League Maccabi X – Olympiacos (20.07.2022)

For those who have not followed the Israeli championship in recent years, it may come as a surprise that now it is not Maccabi from Tel Aviv or even Hapoel from Beer Sheva that rules the show there. The third local giant returned to business – Maccabi Haifa, which, after a ten-year break, won two championships in a row. Moreover, if last season the intrigue in the Premier League lived to the very end, then last season the greens coped with it confidently. Outstripped the nearest pursuer by eight points.

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Most Israeli teams are not very productive, but Maccabi went the other way. The team from Haifa relies on a powerful attack and for the third season in a row becomes the most productive in the Israeli championship, scoring at least two goals per game. In all three seasons, the top scorer of the championship was also a representative of Maccabi. Twice he became the Ukrainian Australian Nikita Rukavitsa, and last season Omer Atsili continued his work.

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Last season, Maccabi started with the first qualifying round of the Champions League and immediately misfired. Kairat sent the Greens to the Conference League, where the chances immediately increased. On their way to the group round, they beat Dynamo Tbilisi, HB Torshavn and Neftchi. The Israelis were not lucky with the group, it turned out to be one of the strongest. In matches with Feyenoord, Slavia and Union Berlin, they scored four points and took the last line.

Maccabi started the new season with a match for the Super Bowl and immediately ran into failure. Neither a quick goal in the first minute, nor the advantage that the greens owned during the entire match, saved them from defeat. Hapoel created few chances, but managed them wisely and dragged the game into a penalty shootout. “Hapoel” immediately started with a miss, but then beat flawlessly, while “Maccabi” could not cope with the nerves of Atsili and Piero.

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It is worth noting that after another successful season, Maccabi, as is often the case with average teams, did not sell out the leaders, but, on the contrary, strengthened. This is especially true for the front line. There were no problems here anyway, but the club decided to return the veteran Rukavitsa, who still scores consistently. Also bought one of the most productive strikers of the French Ligue 2 last season. Powerful Haitian Franzdi Pierro scored 15 goals for Guingamp, and previously was not bad at the Belgian Mouscron.

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Olympiacos, unlike the opponent, has been around for a long time and plays consistently in Europe. “Oli” became the champion of Greece for the third time in a row, but this is somehow not even surprising. Such a familiar title for a team that has won 10 of the last 12 editions. The latter came out not as confident as the previous one, but 19 points ahead of second place is also a very powerful indicator.

The real successes in Olympiacos are assessed not by another championship in Greece, but by performances in Europe. And here the Greeks, too, have already accustomed the fans to decent results. For four seasons in a row, Olya made it to the spring part of European competition. Moreover, very often the Greeks reached the group stage of the Champions League and only from there they fell into the Europa League, taking third place in the group.

In the summer, Olympiacos retained the main backbone of the players, but did not forget about strengthening, as many of the team leaders are already aged. Philip Sinkernagel, who showed himself well in Nottingham, came, from Huddersfield they took an interesting right lateral Gonzalo Ávila Gordon, they bought Abubakar Kamara from Aris for € 5 million and, finally, they got to Shime Vrsaljko, whose contract with Atlético ended .

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In addition, there is Mathieu Valbuena, known to Dynamo Moscow fans, ex-player of Rubin Kazan Yann M’Vila and Youssef El-Arabi, who is still good. So, in our opinion, we can safely take the combined bet “X2 + both teams to score” for odds of 2.60. The guests look more interesting, but you should not underestimate the hosts.

Forecast and bets for the match of the 2nd qualifying round of the Champions League Maccabi Haifa – Olympiacos on July 20, 2022

The Israeli champion has assembled a very interesting team that I would like to watch. Alas, most likely, we will not do this in the Champions League. Maccabi is good at home, and here it is within its power not to lose to Olympiacos, but will it win? The Greeks have a stronger squad, much more experience, including in such knockout games. It can be assumed that the guests will try to do without unnecessary risk and without defeat, which will suit them well before the second leg. And there is also a high probability of an exchange of goals, since Maccabi will go forward at home and open up. The powerful attack of the hosts should not leave without a goal scored, but the guests, in turn, will catch the Israelis.

Bid: Olympiacos won’t lose and both will score for 2.60.

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