Qarabag FK eyes the second round

Qarabag FK eyes the second round

Qarabag FK is looking to build from their first leg 2-1 win, as they meet with Lincoln Red Imps for their first round second leg. A place in the second round qualifiers is at stake in this match, making both teams desperate to win here. Although Qarabag has a one-goal advantage, they cannot be overconfident, as Lincoln is a capable team. Lincoln on the other hand will surely give their all coming into this match, as they cannot afford to lose here. This will just be the second time that Qarabag and Lincoln will meet, with their first coming from the first leg. The meeting between these two teams will be on July 20, 2023, at 12:00 AM (GMT+8), as Qarabag play as hosts.

Qarabag FK

Champions League Qualifiers: Qarabag FK

A 2-1 win in the first leg gives Qarabag the confidence coming into this match, but a one-goal lead is not a safe lead. Qualifying in the Champions League is not this squad’s cup of tea, as they only qualified once in the contest. It was during the 2017-18 season, where they finished at the fourth of their group stage, and it never happened again. This motivates them to go all-out in this game, aiming to have a foot closer to their Champions League return. However, in other European League, they do not have a problem, entering the contests until the group stage. Now that they are playing at home, it seems like luck works in their favor. Qarabag is actually unbeaten in their last seven games at home in Europe, including their qualifiers and group stage matches. From those matches, they are hopeful to build from that record.

Expect that they are no changes will be made for Qarabag’s starters, considering their first leg performance. Shakhruddin Magomedaliyev will still lead his squad as their captain, while Yassine Benzia could be a part of their line-up as well.

Lincoln Red Imps

Champions League Qualifiers: Lincoln Red Imps
Photo grabbed from Twitter (@LincolnRedImps)

Lincoln on the other hand is a team who have yet to qualify in the group stage of the Champions League. However, when it comes to the qualifiers, like their opponents, they are also an experienced squad. Unfortunately though, they are a team who cannot go past through the second round of the qualifiers in those qualifying rounds. Coming into this game, their goal is to once again try to be closer to their Champions League hopes. However, they failed to score in their last two matches on the road in the qualifiers. Additionally, since April, they only played one games, which means that this squad lacks some preparation. It is evident during their loss in their first leg, that they are struggling in their form. Nonetheless, their eagerness to finally enter the group stage of the Champions League will motivate them to win this match.

Ibrahim Ayew is expected to play in this match once again, with Roy Chipolina playing as this squad’s captain. Kike Gomez is expected to lead his squad when it comes to the line, for a shot in the target.

Prediction:

Qarabag FK (2.0)
Odds: 0.91
Qarabag FK to win on aggregate (4-1)

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