Qarabag vs Olimpija Match Analysis & Prediction
31/08/2023 7:00 pm
Qarabag FK carry a 2-0 lead into the home leg of their Europa League playoff tie with NK Olimpija Ljubljana at the Tofiq Bahramov Rebublican Stadium on Thursday.
The Azerbaijani champions secured a healthy advantage in Slovenia last week, meaning tha Olimpija must overturn a sizeable deficit in Baku in order to progress.
Qarabag raced into a 2-0 lead before half time, through goals from Colombian defender Kevin Medina and Cape Verde midfielder Leandro Andrade.
Despite the best efforts of Olimpija, no further goals were scored at Stozice Stadium. while the hosts ended up finishing the game with 10 men following the sending off of David Sualehe, who will miss the second leg through suspension.
Qarabag have lost just one of their four Azerbaijan Premier League matches this season, with two defeats coming in the 11 games across all competitions in 2023-24, so they will be confident of getting the job done on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Olimpija can count themselves somewhat unfortunate to have lost the first leg 2-0, as they racked up 10 attempts while edging the possession, but they failed to find a way through.
To make matters worse, Ljubljana lost 4-2 to Celje last time out, despite registering 58% possession and 16 shots on home soil, meaning that Olimpija have now lost four of their previous six matches across all competitions.
The Slovenian champions can take confidence from the fact that they have scored seven goals in their previous three games, so they will be hopeful of turning things around in Baku.
Qarabag vs. Olimpija Head to head
In the three previous meetings between these two teams, Qarabag have claimed two victories while they have drawn once.
Qarabag Team News
With right-backs Marko Vesovic and Abbas Huseynov sidelines through injury, Toral Bayramov will continue in Qarabag’s four-man backline, with Elvin Cafarquliyev operating on the opposite side of the defence.
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Olimpija Team News
Olimpija will be without the suspended Sualehe on Thursday after he picked up two yellow cards in the first leg, meaning Aljaz Krefi will likely come in to occupy the left-back spot.
Strikers Saar Fadida and Pedro Lucas should continue up front in a 4-4-2 formation.
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