Over the next week, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Nice will compete against one another for a position in the Europa Conference League group stage, beginning with Thursday’s qualifying playoff round matchup at Bloomfield Stadium.
At this point, Lucien Favre’s team is competing in a third-tier tournament, whereas their Israeli opponents have advanced by defeating Zira and Aris Thessaloniki earlier.
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Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Nice Tips and Prediction
Although it wasn’t the best way for Maccabi Tel Aviv to start the 2022–23 campaign, the 24-time Israeli champions are still in the running for a spot in the Europa Conference League proper despite being eliminated early from the Toto cup Ligat Al.
Vladimir Ivic’s team appeared to be safe after gaining a lead against Aris in the first leg of their third-round matchup but the Greek team made a comeback in the second leg after they had defeated Zira on aggregate in the second qualifying round.
Andre Gray, a well-known player for Aris, opened the scoring from the penalty spot before Cheick Doukoure added a second goal. Eran Zahavi, a substitute, scored the game-winning goal for Ivic’s team in the interval.
Zahavi, an Israeli striker, has now saved the Yellows’ bacon in Europe as they inch ever closer to another group-stage berth. Zahavi was, rather appropriately, a member of the PSV team that eliminated Maccabi Tel Aviv from the Europa Conference League at the last-32 stage in 2021–22.
Getting used to life without the cunning Even though former legend Lucien Favre was chosen to succeed the Paris Saint-Germain-bound Frenchman, Christophe Galtier in the hot seat was always going to be difficult for Nice to comprehend.
Nice’s new era got off to a rather disappointing start with a draw with newly promoted Toulouse, and at the weekend, they played out another two-goal tie with Strasbourg, the team they competed against for a position in Europe last season.
The matchup between Maccabi Tel Aviv and Nice on Thursday will be their first competitive encounter; however, Les Aiglons did face Israeli competition in the form of Hapoel Be’er Sheva in the 2020–21 Europa League, winning at home and losing away by the same score.
Only the players can determine whether complacency seeped into Maccabi Tel Aviv’s play during their second leg with Aris, and the hosts will undoubtedly enter Thursday’s encounter as underdogs.Schmeichel owed a lot to Nice for keeping the score at over the weekend.