Qarabag vs Sheriff
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 30 August 2018
Kick-Off at 18:00 UK / 19:00 CET
Venue: Tofiq Behramov adina Respublika stadionu, Baku.
Sheriff travel to Azerbaijan with a positive result from the first leg thanks to Rifet Kapic who made the difference netting the only goal of the game eight minutes into it. It was a tense affair which saw no scoring chances at all after the goal and we will likely be in for another tight contest when these two sides are about to take on each other in the reverse fixture on Thursday in Baku.
The hosts will thus have a difficult task of clinching a clean sheet victory to progress because it is hard to believe they’ll score three goals in case of conceding on the evening.
Qurban Qurbanov once again highlighted the importance of this outing by resting almost the entire squad in the weekend’s 1-1 draw to Neftchi. The domestic slip-up left Qarabag with four points from two opening ties of the new Premyer Liqa campaign.
Qarabag vs Sheriff: Head-to-head
These two likes met each other in the third qualifying round of Champions League last year.
After a goalless draw in the first leg in Baku, Qarabag picked up a 1-2 victory in the rematch on the Moldovian soil to eliminate the rivals.
They later went on to feature the group phase of the most elite football competition on the continent.
Qarabag vs Sheriff: Prediction
Only one of last 14 games Qarabag played in all competitions saw three or more goals scored. The situation is similar with defensive-minded Sheriff who saw eight of last nine outings end in the Under 2.5 goals FT option.
The stakes in the final 90 minutes of play in their Europa League qualification campaign are sky-high, meaning we just can’t imagine a high-scoring scenario here. The Under 2.5 goals FT bet is a banker at 1.53 odds.
The bookies see Qarabag as 1.55 favourites to win, but such pick has no value whatsoever based on everything written above. Instead, we suggest backing no goals in the first 45 minutes at the odds of 2.37.
Qarabag vs Sheriff: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.53
Under 0.5 goals in the first half @ 2.37.