Qarabag FK to to earn first leg lead

Qarabag FK to to earn first leg lead

Qarabag FK is meeting Lincoln Red Imps with hopes of earning an advantage by winning the first leg of their first qualifying round. An advantage in this round is much needed for them to have an easier path going to the Champions League. This will be the first-ever meeting between Qarabag and Lincoln, so there is unfamiliarity between the two teams. Moreover, when it comes to the Champions League, these two teams are both hungry for a qualification. Qarabag only qualified for the Champions League once, while Lincoln have never qualified for the contest. With that, expect that both Qarabag and Lincoln will go all-out to win this match and have an advantage. The first meeting between the two teams will be on July 11, 2023, at 11:30 PM (GMT+8), with Lincoln as hosts.

Qarabag FK

Champions League Qualification: Qarabag FK

Qarabag is coming into this game with a good momentum, after ending their league campaign with a 3-1 win against Turin in May. Additionally, they are also from a 1-0 win against CSKA Sofia on their last match during the friendlies. On that match, it was Redone Xhixha who scored the goal to help his squad score a win. Moreover, Qarabag are doing quite well for their competitive matches, scoring at least three goals in their last eight competitive game. Playing on the road is also not a problem for Qarabag. In fact, despite not having a home advantage, Qarabag was able to win five of their last six matches on the road across all contests. Their only qualification in the Champions League is in 2017, making them eager to win here.

There are a lot of changes that might happen for Qarabag, considering the ins and outs of their team. Yassine Benzia is still a doubt in this game, despite making it to the bench on their friendlies against CSKA Sofia. On the other hand, Abbas Huseynov is also a doubt, as he is nowhere to be seen during the past matches of Qarabag.

Lincoln Red Imps

Champions League Qualifiers: Lincoln Red Imps
Photo courtesy of FC Lincoln

Licoln on the other hand is a champion team, booking their spot in the qualifiers by bagging the Gibraltar title. However, there may be a need for Lincoln to condition themselves, as they were last seen in action in April. Their last match ended in a 4-2 loss against Magpies through penalties, not giving them a good momentum here. Lincoln is the hungrier team in this contest, as they never qualified in the Champions League in their history. However, they are the first team from Gibraltar who were able to play during the group stage of a European contest. That qualification is during the Europa Conference League in 2021, where they can gain confidence from. Just like their opponents, their last eight matches also produced three goals or more. Now that they are playing at home, they are hoping to gain something from their crowd advantage.

Like Qarabag, there are also ins and outs for Lincoln, making it hard to determine who will be playing in this match.

Prediction:

Qarabag FK (2.5)
Odds: -0.90

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