Saburtalo Tbilisi hosts Ararat-Armenia in the second leg of the Europa League qualification semifinals. The match will be played on Wednesday, August 14th at Mikheil Meskhi Stadium (Tbilisi)
Saburtalo managed to win 2-1 in the first match in Yerevan. However, it does not mean that the team has already advanced to the next round. It has no experience in performing in the Euro cups. As well as the opponent. The Georgians started their performance in the Euro arena back in the Champions League. Playing in this tournament for the first time in its history, Saburtalo unexpectedly beat Sheriff in Moldova (0-3). But then it lost at home a week later and almost relegated from the tournament (1-3). Saburtalo left the tournament in the next round, losing to Dinamo Zagreb both away and at home. So, the Georgian team had no home victories in European competitions yet. But there are already 5 goals conceded in 2 home games.
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The Armenian club is less than 2 years old at all. Still, Saburtalo is 20 years older. Nevertheless, Ararat has already made its debut in the Champions League. And it almost knocked out the champion of Sweden AIK, beating it 2-1 at home and losing 1-3 away. Playing its first matches in the Europa League, Ararat-Armenia defeated Lincoln from Gibraltar - 2-0 at home and 1-2 away. As you can see, the Armenians scored in all 5 matches of their European Cup campaign without exception.
I have no particular doubts that they will score in Georgia too. The following facts speak in favor of it: Ararat has nowhere to go. To go further, it needs a victory. There are no victories without goals. The team knows how to score. After playing against Saburtalo, it beat Gandzasar at home (3-1). Ararat does not look at authorities. But Saburtalo is not an authority for it at all. The same debutant in the Euro arena. And this debutant is, to put it mildly, bad in defense. The Georgians conceded in 4 out of 5 matches in Europe and in both home games. Saburtalo will not restrain the persistent attack of the Armenians. But it will not remain in debt. In contrast to its leaky defense, the team can counter an aggressive attack. It scored Ararat 2 goals away, and there 38 goals in the local championship. Saburtalo is likely to score the Armenians either. One goal is not enough for the visitors to go further. And sooner or later they will open completely. So, the hosts will probably use the free zones and create at least one goal. I offer to stop on the exchange of goals.
Prediction for the match: Both teams to score - yes