Qarabag vs Kukesi
UEFA Champions League
Date: Wednesday, 1 August 2018
Kick-Off at 18:00 UK / 19:00 CET
Venue: Tofiq Behramov adina Respublika stadionu, Baku.
Qarabag could have easily closed the tie seven days ago when they were the dominant force on the pitch throughout the 90 minutes of play, but failed to capitalize on it as the game in Shkoder ended in a goalless draw. Kukesi had two attempts towards the opposition goal in the whole match, none of which was on target.
Azerbaijan’s champions remain heavy favourites to see off their rivals in the return fixture in front of the home crowd in Baku. They played a decent role in a very complicated group in the previous term of Champions League when the former goalkeeper Sehic stopped Atletico Madrid on two occasions to help his team win a point from each of clashes against La Liga heavyweights. Such experience will definitely help Qarabag in this term qualifications and we just can’t see them dropping the ball against the Albanian champions here.
Qarabag vs Kukesi: Head-to-head
These two sides are about to take on each other only for the second time in history, following the clash played seven days ago at Stadiumi Loro Borici.
Qarabag vs Kukesi: Prediction
Qarabag were very tough to break down in the most recent period, but the head coach Qurban Qurbanov has reasons to be worried about his men’s attacking performances. They scored just one goal in last six games, including mid-season friendlies. Nevertheless, they are at the same time yet to concede in the Champions League, having gone past Slovenian champions Olimpija Ljubnljana 1-0 on aggregate in the previous round.
Kukesi are also struggling for goals badly of late. They barely dispatched Maltese champions Valletta, beating them only thanks to the away goal rule (1-1 on aggregate). The season in Albania starts only in the second half of August, meaning their players certainly lack competitive matches. Their biggest chance to make an upset here lies in keeping things tight at the back knowing that the hosts also have efficiency woes coming into the tie.
We’ll go for Qarabag to keep a clean sheet at the 1.40 odds as the main bet, while you can also take the 1.65 odds for the Under 2.5 goals FT pick.
Qarabag vs Kukesi: Bet Tips
Qarabag to keep a clean sheet @ 1.40
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.65.