July 18, 2022 Sports Betting
On Tuesday, Qarabag FK will welcome FC Zurich to Azerbaijan for the first leg of their second qualifying round match.
Before returning to Switzerland the following week, the two teams will play at Tofiq Bahramov Stadium. The winner of the match will advance to the third round; the loser will play in the Europa League.
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In their first-round matchup with Lech Poznan earlier this month, Qarabag trailed by one goal going into the second leg. However, they took full advantage of home field advantage to defeat the Polish champions. By halftime, they had actually made up their deficit, and by the final buzzer, they had won.
The result was that Gurban Gurbanov’s squad easily moved to the next round of the competition, while Brazilian forward Kady, who scored five goals in the Europa Conference League the season before, doubled his previous season total.
In 2017, Qarabag became the first Azeri club to make it through the group stage of the premier tournament in Europe. As a result, the squad from Baku’s most recent attempt to earn a spot in the actual Champions League for the second time is still a possibility.
After failing to win the league’s championship for the first time in eight years, veteran manager Gurbanov led his team back to the top spot in the Azerbaijan Premier League last season. Their team had previously advanced to the Conference League’s second round.
The Horsemen are unquestionably the best in domestic competition and completed a double by winning the cup in May, but they now aim to be even more successful among Europe’s finest.
FC Zurich, meanwhile, has only ever advanced to the Champions League group stage once, finishing fourth behind Real Madrid, Milan, and Marseille in 2009.
The defending Swiss Super League winners, who suffered a humiliating loss to their rivals on Saturday, were twice quarterfinalists in the European Cup during the earlier years of continental competition.
After a four-year hiatus from any UEFA competition, Franco Foda’s current team would love to rub hands with such European powers this season after being eliminated by Liverpool and Madrid on those times.
However, they must soon recover from the disappointment of falling to Young Boys, whom they finally ousted as Swiss champions last season, 4-0 on Saturday.
It was Zurich’s second loss in a row after losing to Stuttgart 3-2 in their final preseason friendly, which came after four straight victories in warm-up games.
There could be plenty opportunities at either end of the field in this opening leg as both teams carry a goal threat and are accustomed to taking the initiative in domestic play.
Qarabag have established themselves as formidable rivals in Baku, so they ought to at least fly to Switzerland the following week on equal footing.