Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
Shakhtar Karagandy play host to Maccabi Tel Aviv at their Sachter Stadion in the first leg of the Conference League playoffs. The Kazaks booked their place in the last qualifying round thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Kolos Kovalivka, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Thursday’s football match. Experienced attacker Aidos Tattybayev is pushing for a start after scoring a brace in the Kazakhstan Cup win over Ordabasy.
Maccabi, on the other hand, have defeated the likes of Sutjeska and Trnava on their way to the Conference League playoffs. The Yellow Ones are eyeing their third consecutive clean sheet in the process, and seeing that Shakhtar Karagandy looked solid at the back in the double-header against Kolos as well, a low-scoring affair is on the horizon. This will be the first meeting between the two teams in European competitions.
Highlighted Player (Eitan Tibi):
Eitan Tibi is a profesional footballer who plays for Maccabi Tel Aviv. Born in Jerusalem on 16 November, 1987, Tibi started his senior career at his hometown club Beitar Jerusalem. After ending his spell with Beitar in 2010 he moved to Charleroi and it has to be noted that the made nine league appearances for the Belgium outfit in the 2010/2011 season.
The Israeli defender then returned to his homeland, signing a contract with Ironi Kiryat Shmona, but he spent no more than one season at the club. In the summer of 2012 he signed a three-year contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv and he has been playing for the club ever since. His main position is centre back, but he is capable of playing as a left back as well.
In 2012 Eitan Tibi made his Israel debut against Czech Republic and he has established himself as a first-team regular. He started the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Italy, but Israel suffered a 3-1 loss to Giampiero Ventura’s troops in their opener.
Highlighted Team (Maccabi Tel Aviv):
Maccabi Tel Aviv are the oldest and probably the biggest clubs in Israel. The club was founded in 1906 and they have been playing an important role in the Israeli League ever since. In 2015 Maccabi won their 21st trophy in the national championship and the same season they clinched their 23rd Israeli Cup title.
The club’s fiercest rivals are Hapoel Tel-Aviv and they welcome their opponents at Netanya Stadium. The capacity of the venue is 13 610. The likes of Beitar Jerusalem Hapoel Be’er Sheva and Maccabi Haifa are considered Maccabi Tel Aviv’s bitter rivals as well. In 1969 the club won the AFC Champions League and they repeated the success two years later, beating Aliyat Al-Shorta in the final.
The likes of Jordi Cruyff, Paulo Sousa, Rade Prica, Moanes Dabour and Vincent Enyeama are the high-profile footballers who were part of the team in the past. The colour of Maccabi’s home kit is yellow and blue.