Qarabag vs Copenhagen
2017/18 UEFA Champions League Play-off
Date: Tuesday, 15th August 2017
Kick-off at 17:00 UK/ 18:00 CET
Venue: Tofiq Bahramov Stadium (Baku).
FC Copenhagen look for back-to-back Champions League group stage appearances at the expense of play-off debutant Qarabag.
This is the fourth consecutive season for Qarabag at the Champions League qualifiers. They were eliminated in the third round on all three previous occasion. This term, they went a step ahead with an unbeaten record.
The Azerbaijani team defeated FC Samtredia (6-0 aggregate) from Georgia and Sheriff from Moldova (2-1 aggregate) in the previous two round of the current edition.
Qarabag lost just 2 of their 16 qualifying games over the four seasons. They are unbeaten at home with 4 wins and 4 draws. Also, there has been 6 clean sheets in the process.
The Danish Champions are looking for back-to-back group stage appearance. Last term, they defeated Apoel Nicosia from Cyprus in the play-off. They had a decent run at the main tournament, but failed to progress from the group despite losing just once match.
Copenhagen defeated Slovakian side MSK Zilina (4-3 aggregate) and Vardar Skopje (4-2 aggregate) in the previous two rounds of this season’s qualification campaign. FCK had lost a pair of their matches this season, 2-1 to Zilna at home and 1-0 to Vardar in the away leg.
Away from home, Copenhagen has managed just 2 wins from their last 11 qualification fixtures.
Qarabag vs Copenhagen: Head-to-head
The lone tie between the two teams can be dated back to the 1998/99 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup qualifying round. Copenhagen thrashed Qarabag on both legs, 6-0 at home and 4-0 in the away leg at Azerbaijan.
Qarabag vs Copenhagen: Prediction
Copenhagen has been underwhelming in their recent away fixtures and are coming on the back of 2 wins from the last 7 road trips. This particular stat clearly indicates that this is Qarabag’s chance to get an upper hand in the tie. With a strong defensive record on their back, the home side are expected to force the issue on their Danish guests.