Maribor vs Rosenborg for the Champions League qualifying match on Wednesday at Ljudski vrt Stadium.
It was in extra time with a late goal from Alexandru Cretu that Maribor eliminated AIK in the second qualifying round of the Champions League. The “violets” showed a sign that they are a quality team in the game against the Swedish champions. After winning 2-1 at home in the first leg, Maribor advanced to the third round despite a 3-2 loss in Sweden after scoring two goals away from home.
The men of Darko Milanic can usually make better performances in front of their fans, in this competition they have won their last two home games. Their consistency at home means they have a high chance of winning their first game.
Maribor have started the Prva League season 2019/2020, Slovenia’s First Division, with four matches so far, they have yet to win a game (three draws and one defeat), with just three points in the standings.
Rok Kronaveter has been the star player for Maribor in the Champions League with three goals in the competition. For this match, the hosts should be without the services of Zan Kolmanic, Amir Dervisevic and Luka Zahovic.
Rosenborg has been making reasonable appearances at the Eliteserien and the Champions League in recent games. I predict that the Norwegians can bring from Slovenia a positive result in this clash with Maribor.
Rosenborg eliminated BATE Borisov in a very close and emotional match. Norwegians have not had a pleasant record in their away Champions League games with just one win in their last nine games, but the coach and his players believe that in this game history can be changed. Rosenborg also had no rest this weekend, where they played against Sarpsborg and got a 1-1 draw away from home. The team currently has twenty-five points and occupies a modest sixth position.
Alexander Soderlund is usually the man in charge of Rosenborg’s line of attack, but the striker has scored only once in three Champions League games. Rosenborg seems to have no concerns about injuries or even suspensions.
Rosenborg has been showing a bit more quality than their opponents, but playing at home, I favour Slovenians.