Gabala take on visitors from Hungary MTK Budapest in the second leg of Europa League qualifying matchup. The match will be played on Thursday, July 21st. The first leg ended with Gabala 2-1 win.
Gabala won bronze medals in Azerbaijan elite division last season. The hosts of the match played on sparring matches this summer and started the season with first round matchup with Samtredia, 5-1, 1-2. Gabala played 11 matches at home stadium in 2016, taking five wins, four draws and suffering two defeats.
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MTK are the forth team of Hungary according to the last season results. The team gained 51 points in 33 matches with 39-37 aggregate goal difference. The visiting side played four club friendlies this summer, beating Cukaricki, 3-0, Chikhura, 3-1 and Michalovice, 2-0, losing sparring with Beitar Jerusalem, 0-1. The first round opponents Aktobe was beaten on aggregate 2-0, 1-1. These quite successful results were followed by two defeats in the first leg against Gabala and in the round one of Hungary championship against Vasas. MTK have disappointing record in away matches this year, recording three draws and two defeats in five games on the road in 2016. The most recent away win was taken in the middle of October last year.
MTK show disappointing results on the road. While the first leg score will force Hungarian side to play offence, Gabala get their chances to punish the visitors on counterattacks. It makes Gabala favorites of the matchup and give them solid chances for another victory.
Prediction for the match: Gabala to win.