FK Qabala vs Panathinaikos
2017/18 UEFA Europa League Qualification
Date: Thursday, 3rd August 2017
Kick off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Bakcell Arena.
Guillermo Molins (arrived to the team this summer from Malmo FF) was safe from the spot to grant Panathinaikos a minimal 1-0 advantage ahead of the rematch at Bakcell Arena.
Qabala showed a brave attacking display in the first leg at Stadio Apostolos Nikolaidis in Athens, but it was not enough for Roman Grigorchuk’s side to bag the much-wanted away goal.
The hosts have had a negative result from the first leg of their second qualifying round tie with Jagiellonia Bialystok (1-1 on the home patch), but they managed to beat the Polish team 0-2 on the road to set up the third round clashes with PAO.
Qabala, who featured the group stage of the competition last year, are clearly still in the tie and we would not be surprised to see them annulling the Greeks’ advantage on Thursday.
To Trifylli have high ambitions for the new season following their impressive run during pre-season friendlies as they have won three games on the trot prior to beating Qabala in the first official fixture of the new campaign.
Marinos Ouzonidis’ men have been rock-solid at the back having allowed no more than two goals in last four matches and another clean sheet would see them qualifying for the playoffs of the competition.
Qabala vs Panathinaikos: Head to head
The two sides played each other in Europa League playoffs two years ago when Azerbaijani squad went through thanks to an away goal rule.
The first leg in Baku ended goalless, while the rematch in Greek capital saw a four-goal thriller (2-2 draw).
Qabala vs Panathinaikos: Prediction
The value is with Qabala who are 2/1 to pick up the victory, but we will go with the safer pick and back the hosts not to lose the match at still quite attractive 8/15 odds.
We can again expect to witness a low-scoring contest since both sides are tough to break down which makes the Under 2,5 goals FT an alternative betting option set at the odds of 4/6.
Qabala vs Panathinaikos: Bet Tips
The top betting prediction is Qabala or Draw Double Chance at the odds of 8/15.
The alternative bet would be Under 2.5 goals FT at 4/6.