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Last updated: 10 Jul 2024
Ryan Allan 10 Jul 2024
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  • Watch Botev vs Maribor live in the Europa League
  • Europa League qualifiers kick off in Bulgaria on Thursday
  • Who will build a first-leg advantage in Plovdiv?
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Can NK Maribor avoid defeat in Bulgaria? (Photo by Jurij Kodrun/Getty Images)
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Botev vs Maribor Predictions


An evenly matched tie on paper is likely to produce a low-scoring contest in Thursday's first leg.

Under 2.5 goals is my top tip, while I also fancy Maribo to avoid defeat in Plovdiv. 

  • Botev have seen under 2.5 goals in 11 of their last 12 home matches
  • Botev failed to score in 6 of their last 7 home matches
  • Boteve failed to win 6 of their last 7 home matches
  • Maribor are unbeaten in 14 of their last 16 away matches
  • Maribor have seen under 2.5 goals in 6 of their last 7 matches

Head to Head


This Europa League tie marks the first-ever meeting between Botev and Maribor.

Botev Form


Botev Plovdiv return to European competition for only the second time in seven years when they host Maribor at Stadion Hristo Botev on Thursday. The Canaries were eliminated in the first round of Europa Conference League qualification in their most recent appearance on the European stage in 2022. 

Last season's Bulgarian Cup winners brought their pre-season preparations to a conclusion with a 2-0 win against Krumovgrad last week. 

Outside of their surprise Bulgarian Cup triumph, Dušan Kerkez's side struggled to find much more at the end of last season. Botev failed to score in six of their last seven competitive fixtures at Stadion Hristo Botev.

Botev Team News


Head coach Kerkez has no reported injury issues ahead of Thursday's Europa League first-round qualifying tie. 

Nigerian forward Anthony Ujah could make his competitive debut after joining the club from Eintracht Braunschweig.

Maribor Form


Maribor face their first competitive fixture of the season having rounded off their pre-season preparations with a 2-1 win against CSKA 1948 Sofia last Thursday. 

Runners-up in last season's Slovenian PrvaLiga, Maribor arrive in Bulgaria unbeaten in their last seven away fixtures domestically (W2, D5). 

The Slovenians reached the playoff round of Europa Conference League qualification last season before being eliminated by Turks Fenerbahce. Regular features in European competitions, Maribor are unbeaten in nine of their last 12 Europa League matches played since 2016.

Maribor Team News


Maribor boss Ante Šimundža has a fit and healthy squad available for the Slovenian's first competitive fixture of the season. 

Austrian forward Arnel Jakupovic is expected to spearhead the visitors' attack. The 26-year-old scored six goals in his last nine competitive runouts. 

Verdict

Chances could be at a premium in a likely competitive Europa League qualifier.

I'm putting my faith in Maribor avoiding defeat in a low-scoring affair at Stadion Hristo Botev.

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