On Thursday, the first leg of Qarabag’s playoff match in the UEFA Europa Conference League will take place at the Azersun Arena.
After a successful season in the league thus far, the home team will now focus on the continental competition this week. They started their European campaign earlier this year in the Europa League, but they didn’t do well. They won two of their six group games and finished third in the table.
Last year, Qarabag reached this stage of the competition, but Olympique Marseille defeated them 6-1 overall. They will hope for better luck this time around.
Gent had a difficult group stage of the continental championship, winning just one of their first five games and losing the rest. However, they won their final group game 4-0 against Molde, scoring all four goals in the second half, to secure their spot in the playoffs.
Last year, the visitors advanced to the Conference League’s round of 16 and will now aim for a deeper run this year.
Qaraba is preparing for this match after a 1-1 draw with Sabah in Premier Liqasi.
Musa Qurbanl was the only player to score from Qaraba (15′). For Sabah, Bxtiyar Hsnalzad scored a score of 75′.
In each of their last six games, Qaraba has scored at least once, and they have done so in 100% of those games.
During that time, they scored 12 goals while only allowing 5 goals to be scored against them.
KAA Gent and KVC Westerlo played to a 3-3 draw in the First Division A tie.
KAA Gent had 54% possession in that match and made 16 shots on goal, 9 of which were successful. Hugo Cuypers (14′) and Gift Orban (30′, 66′) scored for KAA Gent. Westerlo made 8 attempts, 5 of which were successful. KVC Westerlo received goals from Maxim De Cuyper (16′), Nacer Chadli (35′), and Lukas Van Eenoo (47′).
At least three goals have been scored in as many as five of KAA Gent’s previous six matches. During that stretch, KAA Gent scored an average of 2 goals, with an average of 3.67 goals per game. Leaving aside previous results, it is unknown whether this pattern will continue in this match.
Qarabag have drawn consecutive matches, but they have not lost in their last five competitive games. This season, they haven’t lost at home, so they’ll be looking forward to Wednesday’s game.
Gent has won just two of their last nine games in all competitions, and they have lost their last three games. Prior to the midweek match, the hosts were in much better form and should prevail.
Prediction: Qarabag 2-1 Gent
Gent and Qarabag will meet for the first time in the game on Thursday. The hosts have played Belgium in four competitive games, winning two of them and losing the other two. This season, Gent has lost five of its eight league games on the road.
In all competitions, Qarabag has not kept a clean sheet in their last five games, while their opponents have not kept a clean sheet in their last three games.
This season in the Azerbaijan Premier League, the Horsemen have scored the most points in the division while playing at home, with 29 points.
In the Jupiler Pro League this season, the Buffalos have kept nine clean sheets. Only Royal Antwerp (13 collections) has more. With 56 goals scored, the hosts have the best offensive record in the Azerbaijani top-flight this season.
• In 73% of their games, KAA Gent prevails when they are ahead 0-1 on the road.
• In their last 45 home games, Qarabag FK has not lost.
• Qarabag FK wins the first half in 44% of matches, while KAA Gent wins the first half in 37% of games.
• At halftime, Qarabag FK prevails 44% to 37% over KAA Gent.
• KAA Gent wins 14% of their games when they are down 1-0 away.
• They win 42% of their home matches when Qarabag FK is down 0-1.
• In 88% of their matches, Qarabag FK prevails when leading 1-0 at home.
• The last five matches have seen Qarabag FK perform better than KAA Gent.
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