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UEFA Champions League: Maribor vs Spartak Moscow Match Preview

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Maribor, Slovenia’s champions, will host a much more valuable team in the likes of Spartak Moscow in a very important clash counting for the third place in Group E.

Match Details:

Match and Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2017, 11:45:00 (Pacific Daylight Time)
Venue: Ljudski vrt
Tournament: UEFA Champions League 2017-18 – Week 1

Preview:

Maribor: As a small side from the former Yugoslavia Maribor are dependent on producing young talented players that can be then sold to one of Europe’s bigger sides with a profit. Sandi Ogrinec might very well be one of those players. The 19-year-old Slovenian U-19 national team player has already featured in two Prva Liga matches this season and has a bright future ahead of him.

Spartak Moscow: The People’s Team is not at their highest level at the moment as they had a pretty slow start of the season. They stand on the 8th place of the Russian Premier League with a good home form, but a very poor away performance as they are yet to win a departure in the first league. Spartak Moscow’s roster is 7-8 times more valuable and this should be clearly visible on the field.

Maribor vs Spartak Moscow – Match Stats:

These teams have never played each other before and, with Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC also in the section, will recognise the value of a positive start to the section.

The Slovenian side are in the group stage for a third time, having previously competed in 1999-2000 and 2014-15. In that latter group appearance, they drew 1-1 at home to both Sporting Clube de Portugal and Chelsea FC and lost 1-0 to FC Schalke 04.

This is Spartak’s 11th group stage campaign, and a first since 2012-13 when they came fourth in a section also including FC Barcelona, SL Benfica and Celtic FC.

They have not reached the last 16 since 2000-01 when they reached the second group stage.

This is Spartak’s first fixture against a Slovenian team.

Predicted Line Up:

Maribor: Handanović – Suler, Mileć, Rajcević, Viler – Vrhovec, Ogrinec, Bohar – Tavares, Bajde Mesanović
Spartak Moscow: Selikhov – Dzhikiya, Bocchetti, Tasci – Pedro Rocha, Pašalić, Fernando, Glushakov, Eshchenko – Luiz Adriano, Promes