Dundalk vs Maccabi Tel-Aviv Predictions, Betting Tips and Preview
Whatever happens in this group, this group of Dundalk players are already legends. The first ever League of Ireland team to compete in the Europa League. Their 1-1 draw away to AZ was a serious achievement. Below are our predictions, betting tips and preview.
Game: Dundalk vs Maccabi Tel-Aviv
Venue: Carrick Road
Kick-off: Thursday 28th September, 8pm
The runaway leaders in Ireland are in flying form at the moment and I expect that to show through here. Tel-Aviv is a really tough game for anyone (more so away from home) and I think teams like this, being from a place like Israel which isn’t a great footballing nation, get enough credit. Maccabi are incredibly well organised and hard to beat for any team at Europa League level, let alone Dundalk.
That said we have seen heroic from Dundalk so far. They held AZ last week and although they didn’t make it to the Champions League, their qualifiers saw them beat BATE 3-0 and then come within seconds of beating Legia 1-0 away from home. Legia is a good marker for a game against Tel-Aviv.
Being at home will be a big advantage to Dundalk in this competition. Although they’ll be playing in the smallest ground in the competition, it’s not something other teams are going to be used to.
Match Predictions and Betting Tips
United are only 1/6 with Sky Bet which means little value on the win market, although Bet365 do go 1/8. The draw can be backed at 7/1 with Bet365. Zorya, 16/1 at some outlets, are currently 25/1 with Betfair. By definition that’s some value.
Despite this being another big uphill task for the Irish side, I think they can win it. On paper Maccabi are very, very good in comparison and you would expect them to come here and get a result, but I just think there’s something about this Dundalk team. I don’t want to use the obvious most recently overused comparison of likening them to a certain Premier League team, but they can get out of this competition with the right spirit and attitude alone.
Maccabi were in good form in qualifying, although they nearly didn’t make it here. It took a penalty shootout against Split to secure their place in the draw. Their away form over the years in this competition has been patchy though, and they much prefer playing at home. They had led Zenit 3-0 which goes to show their strength, before allowing four goals in the last 13 minutes, which also shows their mental weakness.
Dundalk can definitely make this a very uncomfortable atmosphere for Tel-Aviv on Thursday and the support of the home crowd and the familiar surroundings can help see them make real history: Back Dundalk to win at odds of 13/5 with Sky Bet.
Dundalk will need to spend periods of this game defending, so I expect it to be a lower scoring affair than Maccabi’s last game. Both teams scored in Dundalk’s last game, and the visitors do have enough quality to score goals here. IN the end I think it will be gritty and the Irish side will get over the line with a 2-1 win at odds of 12/1 with Betfair.
Finally, David McMillan has been Dundalk’s main goal threat this season. They’re not prolific considering they’re a runaway leader. And their goals do come from all around the pitch, but teams are more organised at this level and Dundalk will need their strikers to be on form. Back David McMIllan to score at best odds of 12/5 with Bet Victor
Free Betting Tip
Dundalk – 13/5 with Sky Bet
Correct Score Prediction
Dundalk 2-1 – 12/5 with Bet Victor
David McMillan – 12/1 with Betfair