Qarabag take on the visitors Olympiacos in the round 4 match of UEFA Europa League group stage. The match will be played on Thursday, October 13th at Azersun Arena (Baku).
Qarabag traditionally dominate the Azerbaijani football and they are a serious European Cup force. Again, it was not possible to repeat their maximum achievement with access to the main round of the Champions League. The representative of Transcaucasia reached the decisive round of qualification, knocking out Lech, Zurich and Ferencvaros. But still, Viktoria Plzen scored a goal more, although they were down at home after the 1st half. In the more familiar Europa League, Gurban Gurbanov's wards started with a defeat. But there they lost 1-2 to the strong Germans, Freiburg. But then the champion of Azerbaijan achieved a couple of important victories. First, they defeated Nantes at home with a score of 3-0. And then they repeated this result in Piraeus.
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Olympiacos clearly did not start the season as planned. Even in the domestic arena, the giant of recent years has little success and is far from his usual leading positions. In the Champions League qualification, everything ended on the very first opponent, Maccabi. Moreover, having played 1-1 in Piraeus, the Greeks were then defeated at home 0-4. This could have been immediately followed by a relegation from the Europa League, but both Slovan (Bratislava) and Apollo managed to pass in the penalty shootout. Having got into the group after all, there “Legend” are still losing to everyone in a row. With Nantes away in the 1st round, at least the chances of a draw were real. There, everything was decided by the goal of Gessam in the 3rd added minute. But this was followed by home defeats. Both Freiburg and Qarabag won in Piraeus with an identical score of 0-3. It is obvious that only the struggle with the French for the 3rd place remains, which will allow them to continue the fight, having moved to the Conference League.
Last Thursday, the clubs met for the first time on the football field. It turned out, to put it mildly, unsuccessfully for Oli. Bookmakers are not waiting for the Greeks to turn the tide. We recommend betting on the fact that Qarabag will be able to win at home.
Prediction for the match: Qarabag to win.