Strasbourg vs Maccabi Haifa Match Info
Date: Thursday July 25 2019
Kick-off time: 7.45pm BST
Venue: Stade de la Meinau
Referee: Kevin Blom (Netherlands)
Strasbourg vs Maccabi Haifa Head-To-Head Record
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Strasbourg vs Maccabi Haifa Stats
- Strasbourg have faced Israeli opposition once before in Europe, drawing 0-0 away to Hapoel Petah Tikva in the 1995 Intertoto Cup
- Maccabi Haifa have visited France twice before in European competitions, losing 1-0 and drawing 1-1
- Strasbourg have only lost one of their 25 previous European home matches, to AC Milan, with 16 wins and eight draws
Strasbourg vs Maccabi Haifa Match Preview
Strasbourg are back in Europe for the first time in 14 years and fancied to maintain their superb continental home record when they face Maccabi Haifa in the first leg of this qualifier.
The club based next to the German border have gained entry to the Europa League by winning last season’s French League Cup on penalties against Guingamp in the final having previously knocked out Lille, Marseille, Lyon and Bordeaux, so it was hardly undeserved.
Thierry Laurey’s side finished in mid-table in Ligue 1, consolidating nicely after being promoted in 2017 following a nine-year absence from the top flight, and as the stats above outline, they have been very difficult to beat at home in Europe since their debut in 1966.
In terms of well-known players, they have former Newcastle goalkeeper Matz Sels and ex-Sunderland defender Lamine Kone while their main source of goals is South Africa international striker Lebo Mothiba.
Maccabi Haifa, meanwhile, have already come through one qualifying tie against Slovenian club Mura, prevailing 5-2 on aggregate, but this is a big step up in class for the Israeli side who were runners-up to Maccabi Tel Aviv in their domestic league last term.
The competitive juices will be flowing more in the visitors, but Strasbourg have the greater quality in their squad and are backed for a narrow win which would make them favourites to progress without being any guarantee of doing so.
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Strasbourg vs Maccabi Haifa Betting Tips
Strasbourg to win and under 4.5 goals in the match @ 4/5 with Coral
Draw HT/Strasbourg FT @ 10/3 with bet365