Azerbaijan vs Lithuania
Date: Monday, 25 March 2019
Kick-Off at 14:00 UK / 15:00 CET
Venue: Bakcell Arena (Baku).
Azerbaijan host Lithuania in a low-profile friendly on Monday afternoon at Bakcell Arena in Baku. The hosts will enter the match high on confidence after offering a strong resistance against World Cup runners-up Croatia in the first round of European Championship Qualifications on Thursday evening.
Milli were on the brink of a massive upset as they had the lead through Ramil Seydayev. They defended themselves very well against Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic & company but eventually capitalized 11 minutes from time when Hoffenheim’s Andrej Kramaric bagged the match winner for the Croats.
The team led by Nikola Jurcevic will thus be highly motivated to build on such display and further boost up the confidence with a result in this friendly against Lithuania.
Azerbaijan vs Lithuania: Head-to-head
The two teams met each other just twice in the past.
They took a win apiece in two friendlies.
Azerbaijan claimed a 2-1 victory back in 1998, while Lithuania clinched a 1-0 win a decade later.
Azerbaijan vs Lithuania: Prediction
The visitors will also be highly motivated to avoid a defeat here after a dreadful campaign in the inaugural edition of the UEFA Nations League. Lithuania lost all six matches conceding as many as 16 goals in the process (3-16 goal difference).
Lithuanians are on a horrendous run of six consecutive defeats on the road (including friendlies and Nations League). They scored only one goal along the way. They generally have huge problems with the lack of attacking creativity, especially when they play away from home.
Lithuania notched just two goals in five away outings in the WC Qualification campaign. Azerbaijan, on the other hand, are unbeaten in past five home outings, a thread which saw them concede just two goals in the process. They did play much weaker opposition in League D in Nations League, but a stern defensive effort against Croatia on Thursday night brings value to the hosts’ clean sheet bet here.
Azerbaijan vs Lithuania: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.60 (3/5)
Azerbaijan to keep a clean sheet @ 1.90 (9/10).