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Crvena Zvezda vs Maccabi Haifa Prediction and Odds | UEFA Champions League August 23

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WagerTalk soccer handicapper Kevin Dolan shares his thoughts on Tuesday’s Crvena Zvezda vs Maccabi Haifa showdown in the UEFA Champions League. Maccabi Haifa is 1-1-4 through six games this season with Crvena Zvezda coming into this match at 3-2-1.

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Tuesday, August 23 UEFA Champions League Betting Notes
Crvena Zvezda: -130
Maccabi Haifa: +345
Draw: +280
Total: 2.5 Goals (Odds Above Courtesy of DraftKings)
Game Time: 3:00pm ET / 12:00pm PT

Crvena Zvezda vs Maccabi Haifa Analysis

In a pulsating first-leg affair in Israel last week, Maccabi Haifa now travel over to Serbia holding a one-goal advantage heading into Tuesday’s second leg against Crvena Zvezda, with the opportunity to qualify for the Champions League proper the prize on the line for both teams in this one.

Maccabi Haifa started the brighter of the two teams last week with Frantzdy Pierrot scoring the opening goal after just 18 minutes as the Israeli champions poured on the pressure early.

However, Crvena Zvezda responded emphatically, scoring two goals of their own before the break to set up a blistering second half which saw Maccabi Haifa go all out for the win, something they achieved shortly after half-time with goals from Pierrot again and Tjarron Chery to head to Belgrade on Tuesday knowing a draw will be enough here to see them advance.

Tuesday’s matchup mark’s the two sides’ second only meeting in European competition after last week’s 3-2 battle.

Return Long Overdue For Maccabi Haifa

It’s been 12 long years since Maccabi Haifa last graced the group stage of a Champions League and Maccabi Haifa will be hoping they can end that drought here on Tuesday against Crvena Zvezda.

However, it might be a task easier said than done as Maccabi Haifa have only won one of their previous five road games in all, but did show what they’re capable of in that solitary win at least, blowing out Greek champions Olympiacos 4-0 in Athens late last month.

Red Star On a Roll

Last week’s rollercoaster loss against Maccabi Haifa over in Israel marked Red Star Belgrade’s (Crvena Zvezda) only loss in eight consecutive matches as Dejan Stankovic’s men continue to run hot over the summer.

After two consecutive seasons in the Europa League, the Serbian side are finally looking to enter the big dance and with home support firmly behind them in this one, we’re expecting a best effort from Crvena Zvezda here on Tuesday.

Crvena Zvezda vs Maccabi Haifa Prediction

It’s no surprise to see the home side go in as favorites here as they’ve shown what a complete team they have been in Serbia over the last few years, beating Olympiacos, FC Koln and Liverpool here at this venue over recent seasons.

We believe that continues here on Tuesday as well as omitting last week’s loss in Israel and club friendlies, Crvena Zvezda’s only defeat at the Stadion Rajko Mitic came against Danish side FC Midtjylland all the way back in November of last year, a run that exemplifies exactly how strong the home side are in Serbia.

Belgrade should provide a hostile atmosphere here on Tuesday and with Crvena Zvezda’s incredible home form mixed in as well (W20, D3, L0) since last November, we like the home side to win outright here on Tuesday and potentially progress through to the competition proper at the expense of Maccabi Haifa.

Take Crvena Zvezda (Red Star Belgrade) on the money line in Tuesday’s Champions League qualifier matchups.

Prediction: Crvena Zvezda Moneyline -130

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Meet the Author

‘The sharpest sports mind in Ireland’ is how one prominent newspaper dubbed Kevin Dolan after he became the first foreigner ever to win the World Series of Handicapping tournament back in 2015. “The Irishman” made his start wagering on GAA, football, soccer and boxing, all to immense success. Since becoming a professional bettor, he has since lit up the sports betting scene in the U.S. and abroad, winning two handicapping awards and writing a best-selling book on sports handicapping named ‘The Complete Guide to Sports Betting’.

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