Everybody that follows soccer, or even sports have probably been made aware of the spectacle that were created after Legia Warsaw dominated Celtic over two matches in qualifying for the Champions League, but then were stripped of their win and place in the final qualifying match because they used an ineligible player for the last 3 minutes of the last match. Foolish by Legia Warsaw, yes, but far too harsh a punishment in my opinion. I think they ought to judge these matters on a case by case basis, and given that this had no bearing on the result should count for something.
Anyways, Celtic is now playing for a spot in the Champions League and they are gonna have to show up with some better football than they did against Warsaw if they are going to have any hopes of advancing. Maribor have been playing exceptionally well in their home league in Slovenia winning all 3 of their games so far and beating Gorica 4-1 in the supercup. They are really riding high and barely missed the Champions League last year. In the Europa League they showed good display off football and they are now looking to go further. Their home crowd is enthusiastic which should help them even further and the team here is not worse than Legia by no stretch.
Celtic were playing very weak in their matches against Legia and it seems their new coach Ronny Deila have not quite found the play style that is right for the team as of yet. It has gotten better as he nabbed a 3-0 victory at the start of the season, but this league is quite weak and is not what counts for its supporters. They want – no, rather need the participation of this big league. Deila needs to get their defence in order and make the necessary adjustments or else they are going to be in for another humiliating defeat. We like the Slovenian side here to get going with a good result.
Our Predictions: Maribor to win (Odds are 2.88 @ Bet365)