Qarabag vs. Lech Prediction, Tips & Odds – July 12, 2022 18:00 CET
Lech gained an advantage against Qarabag in the first game, but now they face a real challenge to maintain it in Azerbaijan.
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In the last nine years, Qarabag won eight titles in Azerbaijan. Eight times in a row they played in the group stage of European competitions, which speaks about club progress. Last year they passed the group in Europe for the first time. They played the knockout stage of the Conference League, where they were eliminated by Marseille.
The creator of all Qarabag successes is head coach Gurban Gurbanov. He is in this club since 2008 and without him, these results would never have been achieved. Gurbanov prefers a defensive style of football. When Qarabag is the host, it is very rare to see a large number of goals in European matches.
That will certainly be the case this time as well after Qarabag lost 1:0 in Poland last week. The primary idea will be to protect own goal and to wait for a chance to score. It can very easily happen that we see 1:0 result in Azerbaijan as well. In that scenario, the winner could be decided after extra time or penalties.
Football in Poland has been stagnant for several years. This country no longer has a single club that regularly plays in the group stage of European competitions. Legia mostly won titles, but this time they didn’t secure an appearance in Europe. Lech became champions for the first time since 2015 and they hope to qualify for the group stage of one of the European competitions.
In the first game last week in Poznan, Lech beat Qarabag 1:0. In this way, they gained an important advantage before the rematch in Azerbaijan, but they are aware that work isn’t finished. In their last 10 appearances in Europe, Qarabag never conceded a goal in their first home game in Europe. Lech hopes to change that because otherwise, they would only advance if the score is 0:0.
During the summer, John van den Brom became the new head coach of Lech. He produced solid results in Europe with Anderlecht and AZ Alkmaar and his experience could be very important. His tactics approach was perfect in the first match and Lech will try to qualify for the second round of the Champions League qualifying with a disciplined game in the second leg.
The only duel between these teams took place last week when Lech won 1:0.
All players are available for Qarabag, while Bartosz Salamon won’t play for Lech due to injury.
Qarabag vs. Lech Prediction
As already mentioned, Lech will certainly try to keep 0:0 as long as possible. Qarabag is a team that isn’t particularly powerful offensively and it’s not realistic to see many goals here.
The situation on the pitch won’t change much even if Qarabag leads 1:0, so the bet that both teams won’t score in 90 minutes seems more than tempting.
Date and Time: 12.07.2022 18:00 CET
Pick: Both Teams to Score – NO