Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
Maribor and Birkirkara face each other at Ljudski vrt in the closing match of Thursday’s program in the Conference League qualifiers. Over the years the Violets have established themselves as the dominant force in Slovenian football, but they finished the last domestic campaign in third place in the standings. Anyhow, they are seen as hot favourites to beat the Maltese in front of home fans.
Birkirkara, meanwhile, have always been as a cannon fodder for their rivals in European competitions. David faces Goliath in Maribor, meaning that anything but a routine home win would be a big surprise. You should bear in mind that the Maltese side were beaten by Maribor’s compatriots Olimpija Ljubljana in their last participation in the Conference League qualifiers. When the two sides met in the Champions League qualifiers ten years ago Maribor eliminated Birkirkara without any difficulties.