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Preview: Spartak Moscow – Maribor

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Spartak are third in Group E with five points, while their visitors today are last, with only one point after four rounds.

 

Flashscore present the key facts before the match:

Spartak Moscow require all 3 points to possibly progress to the knockout stages, but Maribor will look to cause an upset and improve their points tally. Their previous encounter in Group E finished 1-1, Maribor’s only point of the competition so far.

Spartak have only lost 1 home game this year in all competitions (W14, D4, L1). In their last 10 home games there have been 35 goals, an average of 3.5 goals per game.

Last Friday (17/11), Maribor beat their league rivals Olimpija Ljubljana at home (1-0). If they had lost this game Olimpija would have taken Maribor’s position at the top of the Prva Liga in Slovenia. Their Prva liga record for this season is impressive with no losses so far (W12, D4,L0).

In Maribor’s last 10 away games (all competitions) there have been 29 goals. This is an average of 2.9 goals per game. When combined with Spartak Moscow’s average goals for their last 10 home games (35 goals), the average for this H2H could possibly be 3.2 goals.

Jurgen Klopp will be watching the match with a keen eye. Not just because their next fixture in Group E is against Spartak Moscow, but because Quincy Promes has been linked to a move to Liverpool and this year his record of 8 goals and 6 assists in 14 Russian Premier League games shows he is living up to his potential so far.

 

Missing players

Spartak Moscow: J. Ananidze (ankle injury), G. Dzhikiya (suspension), G. Tigiev (knee injury), A. Samedov (doubtful), A. Timofeev (doubtful)

Maribor: A. Rajcevic (injury), D. Sme (injury), L. Zahovic (injury).