Qarabag FK vs BATE Borisov
Champions League Qualifying – Third Round 1st Leg
Date: 7th August 2018, Tuesday.
Kick-off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Tofiq Bahramov Stadium (Baku).
Qarabag go head-to-head against BATE Borisov in another tight clash of the third round UEFA Champions League qualifiers.
The Azerbaijani side made their first group stage appearance at the Champions League last season by defeating FC Copenhagen.
They team managed by Gurban Gurbanov be disappointed with how it went since, but will be determined to give it a shot once again.
Qarabag beat Albanian outfit Kukesi 3-0 in the last round, the win coming in the second leg at home.
They conceded no goal in the competition this year with their first round encounter with NK Olimpija Ljubljana from Slovenia ending in a 1-0 aggregate.
BATE made many group stage appearances between 2008 and 2015, now they look to end a three year drought.
Last round saw BATE getting the better of Finnish champions HJK 2-1, the goals coming in the second leg at Finland after a goal-less draw in Belarus.
BATE have an awful away record at the competition and their win at HJK last week is only the second in 20 games.
Qarabag vs BATE Head-to-head
Tuesday’s Champions League fixture mark the first ever competitive meeting between BATE and Qarabag.
Qarabag vs BATE Prediction
It is a fair assessment from the bookies to put Qarabag as favorites for the first leg, since BATE have a terrible record in European away nights.
This can be coupled with Qarabag’s excellent home record in qualifying stages, unbeaten in 11 with 6 wins and 5 draws.
Furthermore, the hosts have conceded just 2 goals in those 11 games and it make sense to go with a direct home win for Tuesday’s game.
BATE do not score a lot of goals on the road as well and they like to keep this tight and take the decisive game to their home without any damage.
Thus, under 2.5 goals make it to the top of second best bet for this Champions League fixture.
Qarabag vs BATE Betting Tips
Ft – Qarabag to win at 12/11 (2.05)
Under 2.5 goals at 5/11 (1.47).