Sumqayit take on the visitors Qarabag in the round 2 of Azerbaijan Premier League on Thursday, August 11th.
Sumqayit finished eighth in to division last season in Azerbaijan with 39 points gained and 41-49 aggregate goal difference. The team had quite strong offensive line (fifth in the league) but their defense nullified all the team’s efforts (third worst defense of the league). The opening match of the season ended with 1-0 away win over Zira.
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Qarabag are the current champions after they gained 84 points in 36 match last season with 66-21 goal difference. The team have already started their eurocups campaign. They haven’t lost a single match in Champions League qualifiers but got eliminated to the Europa League. Qarabag have eliminated Dudelange (2-0, 1-1) but made way to Victoria Plzen due to away goal rule (0-0, 1-1), conceding the decider on 85th minute of the home leg. On top of that, Qarabag quite unexpectedly lost the opening match of the season to Inter Baku, 1-2.
The opponents have met four times in 2016 with 9-1 on aggregate. Now the visitors are in excellent condition and are full of strive to prove their level after elimination from the Champions League and failure in the first round of the domestic league. With all due respect, Qarabag shouldn’t have any problems in match with eighth team of the last season, who struggle to find the key to the goal of the best team in the country.
Prediction for the match: Qarabag to win.