SlipsTips shares his favourite fancy from the latest set of Champions League fixtures on Wednesday night, with Maccabi Haifa’s meeting with PSG under the microscope.
Maccabi Haifa vs PSG (Wednesday, 20:00)
Paris Saint-Germain will be aiming to make it two wins from two in Champions League Group H when they head to Maccabi Haifa on Wednesday night.
Christophe Galtier star-studded started their annual quest for their holy grail with a 2-1 win over Juventus in the French capital last midweek.
As for Maccabi Haifa, getting out of this group was always going to be an almost impossible task, a mission made all the more difficult following last week’s 2-0 loss to Benfica.
Unsurprisingly, PSG arrive in Israel as short-priced 1/6 favourites with most firms, but I’m happy to highlight to an alternative offering by dipping into the team corner market.
While Maccabi Haifa will be up against the odds on Wednesday night, Barak Bakhar’s side are priced up at 4/5 with Sky Bet to hit three or more corners during this contest and that price makes appeal.
Granted, the Parisians are expected to dominate possession for long stages in this match, but Maccabi are a side more comfortable when they can be positive so it’s unlikely they’ll just sit deep and try to restrain their illustrious guests.
What’s more, Bakhar’s preferred system focuses on width from his wing-backs, so three or more flag kicks doesn’t look like too much to ask of a team who tend to play on the front foot from the off.
The attack-minded hosts are averaging 6.5 corners per-game domestically this season, not to mention they have covered the 3+ line in recent road games at Benfica, Red Star Belgrade and Olympiakos.
Despite their domestic dominance, it’s also worth pointing out that PSG have conceded a minimum of three flag kicks in three of their last four Ligue 1 games, including five at home to Brest last time out.
With this in mind, coupled with the likelihood of the hosts finding themselves chasing the game, siding with three or more Maccabi Haifa corners stands out at 4/5 with SkyBet.
- 3+ Maccabi Haifa Corners– 4/5 (SkyBet)