Maccabi Tel Aviv and Dinamo Brest meet at Bloomfield Stadium, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Champions League (3rd Qualifying Round). These two teams have never met before, so this will be their first head-to-head match.
Maccabi Tel Aviv :
Until reaching this stage of the UEFA Champions League (3rd Qualifying Round), the home team eliminated: Sūduva and Riga. In their last match, for Ligat ha’Al, they drew with Bnei Yehuda away by (2‑2). In their last 10 home games Maccabi Tel Aviv has 8 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. The defense has been strong and has only suffered goals in 3 of the last 10 matches, and their offense has scored regularly as they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches. This is a team that tends to score few times first: it only opened the scoring in 3 of its last 15 games, of these 3 it reached the halftime in advantage in 1 and won at the end of the 90 ‘in all.
Maccabi come to this match after a 2×2 away draw, on Bnei Yehuda’s trip to the arena: Maccabi were winning, however near the end of the match they suffered the tying goal. The team generally acts in a traditional 4-3-3, favoring quick transitions and attacks through the flanks. In this tactical drawing, the three most advanced men will be Almog, Blackman and Cohen. In midfield it is possible for Rikan to play, Glazer and Peretz to act. It should be noted that coach Georgios Donis will not be able to count on Matan Hozez, Uros Nikolic and Shahar Piven, because they are injured.
Until reaching this stage of the UEFA Champions League (3rd Qualifying Round), the visiting team eliminated: Sarajevo and Astana. In their last match, for the Premier League, they beat Dinamo Minsk away by (2‑4). In their last 10 away matches Dinamo Brest has recorded 4 wins, 1 draw and 5 losses. Their defense has not been very strong, as they have suffered goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored regularly, as they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches. In 15 matches, they have conceded the first goal 8 times, but have come back in 4. In the last 12 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 8 of their 20 goals between minutes (76’ ‑ 90 ‘ ).
Dynamo Brest come to this match motivated, after a 2-4 away win against Dynamo Minsk: Diallo and Savitskiy scored the winning goals. The outsider team generally plays 4-3-3, favoring a slower style of play, and the three most advanced pieces are Diallo, Gordejchuk and Pavel Savitskiy. One of the main gaps for the visiting team is the ineffective way it defends the attacks of the rivals, already caused by the spaces it leaves between the lines. Coach Sergey Kovalchuk should only have one absence for this match, due to injury, that of Elis Bakaj.