NK Olimpija Ljubljana take on the visitors Qarabag at “Stadion Stozice” in the first-leg battle of the 1/8 qualification stage of the UEFA Champions League. The match will be played in Ljubljana on Wednesday, July 11th.
For quite many years already NK Olimpija Ljubljana have been claiming the medals of the Slovenian Prva Liga, showing confident football, however, the team failed to qualify for the Eurocups. Last season “Zmaji” finally managed to take the champion’s title of the domestic championship with 80 points gained in 36 clashes conducted. The side demonstrates convincing performance in attack, having scored 61 goal, still, its the defense also looked tough with 17 goals conceded. In the latest home tackles NK Olimpija Ljubljana have beaten Krsko 2:0, got 0:0 draw against Ankaran Hrvatini and broke Triglav 2:0.
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In their turn, Qarabag showed the best of them last season when the club was performing quite well in the UEFA Champions League. “Atlılar” reached another champion’s title of the Azerbaijan's Premier League, having picked up 65 points in 28 battles played. The side demonstrated its high class in attack, having scored 37 goals while its defense also looked quite confident with 13 goals conceded. In the recent clashes conducted on the road Qarabag beat Gabala 1:0, were thrashed by Keshla 0:3 and celebrated 2:1 victory over Zira 2-1.
It will be the first meeting for NK Olimpija Ljubljana and Qarabag. At this stage “Atlılar” look better due to their experience and high class of the players, thus, they may rightfully count for a favourable outcome of the forthcoming away fight.
Prediction for the match: Qarabag to win with 0.0 Asian handicap.