Maribor - Spartak Moscow

Spartak have not had a great start to their season. Their biggest problem was their defence. They started the season conceding far too many goals. They conceded 2 against Dinamo and CSKA, 4 against Lokomotiv and 5 against Zenit. These are the four biggest games they've played this season and they were poor in all of them when you consider the talent they do have.

Recently, however, they have changed from a 4-2-3-1 formation to a 3-5-2 formation. They drew 0-0 away at SKA Khabarovsk but you wouldn't expect them to concede against the newly promoted team, although Spartak should really have scored. Then at the weekend they beat Rubin Kazan 1-0 in Moscow. They probably should have won by more since they hit the post and wasted a couple of other good chances but they did enough. I worry about the attack at time because the are not controlling the ball properly or they are letting it run away from them but Promes will be a threat and he got the goal against Rubin.

The defensive side of things has gone well since the switch to three at he back. Yes, the first clean sheet came against SKA Khaboarovsk but it was still a clean sheet and they never looked in much trouble fo conceding against Rubin Kazan.

I don't know much about Maribor but I know they can be difficult to beat at home and they have a brilliant defensive record at home this season. They've conceded just three goals in eight matches in all competitions, includnig six clean sheets. When you look at their biggest matches of the season againsthe likes of Olimpija and Domzale, they have neded 0-0. I think this will be a tight game and I wouldn't be surprised to see very few goals in this one.

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Pick: Under 2.5 Goals
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