Plzen vs. Qarabag Prediction, Tips and Odds – Aug. 23, 2022, 21:00 CET
On Tuesday, three return matches of the UEFA Champions League qualifiers will be played. Plzen and Qarabag will meet in one of them. The match at the Doosan Arena starts at 21:00.
There was no winner in the first leg played last week, so the group stage participant of the elite European football competition will be decided on Wednesday. Both teams postponed their obligations in the domestic championships, so they enter this duel completely rested and concentrated.
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Plzen’s players eliminated HJK Helsinki and Sheriff in the previous two rounds. They won all four games, but they were in a subordinate position last week in Azerbaijan.
Michal Bilek’s players failed to establish balance on the field, so they played defense almost the entire match. The best player for Plzen in that match was the goalkeeper Jindrich Stanek, who made seven saves, and this best shows how inferior the Czech team was.
But he will probably take a completely different approach in return. Plzen has not lost an official game in front of their fans this season, including the domestic championship. They will attack more courageously, and they will have the frenetic support of their fans.
Although they did not lose in the first game, the players of the Azerbaijani champion have a lot to regret. They were by far the better team on the pitch. If they had won, it would have been absolutely deserved.
Coach Gurban Gurbanov’s team defeated Lech Poznan, Zürich, and Ferencvaros in the previous rounds of these qualifications, and they played one of the best matches as guests in Budapest. There was also no winner in the first match between Qarabag and Ferencvaros, 1-1, but the players of the Azerbaijani team excelled in the return and won 3-1.
We believe that they will not lack self-confidence in the Czech Republic either, because they have shown that they can control the course of the game. We are convinced that the Qarabag players will enter this match without any fear.
Pilsen and Qarabag also met in the qualifiers for the UEFA Champions League in the 2016/17 season. Both games ended in a draw, 0-0 and 1-1, but the Czech team advanced to the next stage thanks to an away goal. That rule no longer exists.
Plzen (4-5-1): Stanek; Jemelka, Pernica, Hejda, Havel; Mosquera, Kalvach, Bucha, Sykora, Kopic; Chory
Qarabag (4-2-3-1): Mahammadaliyev; Bayramov, Huseynov, Mustafazada, Vešović; Janković, Qarayev, Zoubir, Borges, Sheydaev; Wadji
The stakes are really huge, so we believe that both teams will be extremely careful. We are of the opinion that neither of them will play too offensively, but that they will be patient and that they will look for the opponent’s mistakes. If there is no winner after 90 minutes, extra time will be played, followed by penalties. Therefore, we do not expect too many goals to be scored in this match.
Prediction: Total Goals Under 2.5