Qarabag vs Samtredia
UEFA Champions League 2017/18 – Second qualifying round
Date: Tuesday, 11th July 2017
Kick-off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Tofiq Bahramov Stadium (Baku).
Teams seek their entry to UEFA Champions League for the first time in their history. Qarabag reached this stage after winning the Azerbaijan Premier League for the fourth time on the bounce under the tutelage of Gurban Gurbanov. While, FC Samtredia qualified for the Second qualifying round by winning the 2016 season of Georgian Umaglesi Liga.
Qarabag reached the third round of qualifiers in the past three seasons. The biggest heart break was in the last season when they lost out to Viktoria Plzen on away goals. They can boast about some experience playing against some strong European sides after having made it to the group stages of Europa League for the third consecutive time last season. However, they failed to progress from the group phase on all three occasions.
FC Samtredia are making their first ever appearance in the qualifiers of Champions League. Last season, they were knockout of the first round from Europa League qualifiers by an Azerbaijani club Gabala, 6-3 on aggregate. Also, they were eliminated in the first round in their only other previous appearance at a UEFA competitions back in 1995. That time, they were beaten by FK Vardar Skopje on both legs.
Qarabag vs Samtredia: Head-to-head
This will be the first head-to-head meeting between the two sides.
Qarabag vs Samtredia: Prediction
Qarabag are a much stronger side on paper and they do have a history of making out of the second round of qualifiers. Moreover, Tofig Bahramov Stadium is a tough venue for most visiting sides. They are unbeaten in six qualifying matches over the last three seasons. Also, they conceded goals on two occasions.
This will be a tall mountain to climb for the largely inexperienced Samtredia. Also, they haven’t made a good start in their domestic league this season. Punters must look to make the most out of this fixture by taking advantage of the handicap and first half markets.
Qarabag vs Samtredia: Betting Tips
The best pick for this game is HT/FT – Qarabag/Qarabag for 1.83 odds by Bet365.
Meanwhile, the first half win for the home side can be banked for 1.73 odds with the same bookmaker.