NK Maribor FC gets visit to Astana, the first leg of the second preliminary tour of the Champions League. The match begins Wednesday, July 14 at 22.30.
Maribor is the fifth consecutive title and has experience in this competition. Slovenians are trying to qualify for a second consecutive Champions League. Previous season, Zrinjski Mostar Maribor passed, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Celtic to qualify in groups. Maribor was part of Group G with Chelsea, Schalke and Sporting. Maribor had 3 draws and 3 defeats and a goal difference of 4-13, finishing last position.
In UEFA Champions League, the Slovenians had outstanding results at home, besides the points mentioned above, all obtained at home, they had six wins in their last eight home matches in qualifying round of the competition.
FC Astana won the first trophy in 2014, the national title, and would later win and Super Kazakhstan. Astana is in full championship and ranks third after 20 stages. Astana is in good shape, including travel, which lost one game in the last nine matches in all competitions jersey. Previous season, Astana managed to pass the first rounds of the Europa League preliminaries, because eventually be eliminated more powerful Spanish team Villareal, with the score 0-7.