Gabala take on Kapaz at Gabala City Stadium on the first matchday of the Azerbaijan Premier League.
Gabala finished on 3rd spot last season as they earned 59 points with 44:28 goal difference. This season the hosts have already passed through three Europa League qualifying rounds as they beat Georgian Samtredia (6:3 on agg), Hungarian MTK (4:1) and managed to kick out French Lille (2:1 on agg) which was indeed a sensation. We should mention Gabala tend to play confidently at home as they are currently on 8-game undefeated home streak (5 wins, 3 draws).
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Kapaz ended up on 5th position in the Azerbaijan Premier League last season. They earned 56 points and had 48:40 goal difference. This way they also managed to qualify for the Europa League. Kapaz started with victory over Dacia (1:0 on agg), but then they were beaten by Austrian Admira (0:3 on agg). We should say Kapaz haven’t played a single match after elimination from the Europa League.
Remarkably, Gabala faced Kapaz in the last round of the previous season and the hosts triumphed winning bronze medals of the league. Gabala are in impressive shape right now. They tend to play defensive football so we do not expect many goals today.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 goals.