Valur and Maribor meet at Vodafonevöllurinn (Valsvöllur), in a match for this phase of the UEFA Champions League (1st Qualifying Round). These two teams have never faced each other before, so this will be their first direct confrontation. In this match the home factor may be decisive, since both teams present considerable differences in the results obtained at home and as a visitor.
The home team plays its first match in this edition of the UEFA Champions League with the intention of taking advantage of the home advantage to achieve a positive result. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 3 wins, 4 draws and 8 losses in away matches; against 10 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses at their stadium. The team comes to this match after a home victory over KA Akureyri by (3-1). In the last 10 home matches for all competitions, Valur have won 5, tied 1 and lost 4. Defensive consistency has not been their best, as they have conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored with regularity, as they scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 12 of the last 16 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 15 games, they only got 1 comeback in the 7 games in which they suffered the first goal. In the last 16 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have conceded 7 of their 17 goals between minutes (76′-90 ‘).
Valur enter this first leg of the first qualifying round of the Champions League motivated by a home win 3-1 over the KA, in the first Icelandic league: Pedersen, Sigurdsson and Adolphsson scored the goals of the triumph The team The house usually works in a tactical system in 4-3-3, privileging the rapid transitions, mainly through the wings. In this tactical drawing, the three most advanced players are Adolphsson, Bartalsstovu and Pedersen. The Valur coach must have all players available for this match.
The visiting team plays their first match in this edition of the UEFA Champions League with the intention of winning a positive result as a visitor. This is a team that, oddly enough, was better outside than at home, as in the last 30 matches they register 8 wins, 5 draws and 2 losses in away matches; against 7 wins, 4 draws and 4 defeats in his stadium. The team comes to this match after a home win against Gorica by (4-1). In the last 10 away matches for all competitions, Maribor has won 5, tied 3 and lost 2. The team has conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for the opponent, so his defense needs to improve, but his attack has scored regularly, since he scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 18 of the last 26 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals.
Maribor enter this first leg of the first qualifying round of the Champions League motivated, after a 4-1 win in a game against Gorica. The visiting team usually plays in a traditional 4-3-3, in which the three most advanced players are Dino Hotic, Luka Zahovic and Jasmin Mesanovic. The brain of the team is the Slovenian Aleks Pihler, the player responsible for defining the attacks of his team. For apresentar more quality than his rival, we believe that the visiting team will enter a good rhythm in the game, with the aim of scoring the first goal.