Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
Following a hard-fought 1-0 win over Aluminij in the national championship, Maribor will look to clinch their spot in the Conference League third qualifying round when they welcome Differdange to their Ljudski vrt on Thursday evening. The Violets showed character in the first leg, with Arnel Jakupovic scoring the equalizer in the stoppage time and it seems as if this goal gave them a confidence boost. There are no fresh injury concerns in the home team.
The Luxembourg outfit, meanwhile, are eager to claim a major scalp in round 2, but seeing that Maribor made a flying start to the new domestic campaign, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. A man to watch in the away team will be Angola forward Erico, who scored the opener in the Stade Municipal de la Ville de Differdange a week ago.
Highlighted Team (Maribor):
Founded in December 1960, Maribor are the most successful Slovenian club. The Violets won their 14th SNL trophy in 2017, with the team finishing the season 13 points clear of second-placed Gorica. Maribor are the only Slovenian club which made it to the UEFA Champions League group stages (2013/2014), but the likes of Chelsea, Schalke and Sporting Lisbon proved to be a big catch for the Slovenian champions.
The Violets collected only three points from possible 18 in the process and four years later they repeated the success, with the team eliminating Hapoel Be’er Sheva in the Champions League play-offs. Maribor will face the likes of Spartak Moscow, Sevilla and Liverpool in Group E. Speaking of the club’s main rivals, there have always been fireworks in clashes between Maribor and Olimpija Ljubljana.
The two teams face each other in the “Eternal derby” (Vecni derbi) and they represent the two biggest cities in Slovenia. Maribor are well known for their violet for their violet shirts with yellow stripes. Ljudski vrt is the club’s home ground.