Progres Niederkorn vs Gabala
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 19 July 2018
Kick-Off at 18:30 UK / 19:30 CET
Venue: Stade Parc Des Sports, Differdange.
Progres Niederkorn shocked Azerbaijani side Qabala 0-2 on the road in the first leg of their Europa League tie last Thursday.
Gabala were massive favourites to go through over two legs past the opposition from Luxembourg, but they will have to work hard to annul the two-goal deficit away from home in the reverse fixture.
The team led by Paolo Amodio continued from where they stopped last year when they shocked Scottish heavyweights Rangers 2-1 on aggregate in the first qualifying round of Europa League.
The 2-0 home win over the Gers was their first ever victory in any European competition.
The success from Gabala makes it two in seven European games for the team. Will it be enough for the next round of the competition?
Progres Niederkorn vs Gabala: Head-to-head
The two teams met each other for the first time ever last Thursday at Sahar Stadionu.
Gabala dominated the pitch throughout most of the gameplay, but Progres bagged two goals within the opening 16 minutes of the second half through Mayron De Almeida and Olivier Thill.
Progres Niedercorn vs Gabala: Prediction
The rematch remains wide open given Gabala’s much greater experience in European competitions and given Azerbaijani domestic football has been at a much higher level than the one of Luxembourg’s for years.
Nonetheless, Gabala’s recent form is anything but promising as the visitors lost five on the bounce in all competitions without scoring a single goal in the process.
Progres Niederkorn, last term’s National Division runners-up, will thus likely stay at the back and try and repeat the first-leg scenario which saw them defend very well throughout the 90 minutes of play.
Knowing that Gabala were anything but dangerous in the final third in their most recent outings (which do include two friendlies against Dinamo Zagreb and Cracovia Krakow), we see the Under 2.5 goals FT as the best of the betting options at the 2.05 odds. The value is fine with Progres Niederkorn not to lose at 1.66.
Progres Niedercorn vs Gabala: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 2.05
Progres Niederkorn or Draw Double Chance @ 1.66.