Match Time：7/12/2017 01:00 Wednesday (GMT+8)
Qarabag: Awful performance in summer friendlies (Recent form: W L L L L)
Qarabag made a great season and won a double in 2016/17 campaign. They won the league in Azerbaijan without any problems and with 10 points advantage over next team in the table, while then beat Gabala with 2-0 on the Cup final and finished their double. In the summer break played 4 friendly games to prepare for the new season and lost them all. Pretty bad performance in these games and 0-1 vs Akhmat Grozny, 2-5 vs CSKA Sofia, 0-1 vs Dynamo Moscow and 1-5 vs Brondby. They faced 3 very solid teams, so it was normal to lose all these games. In the last couple of seasons their performance in Europa is very good. Last season reached Europa League groups, where finished 3rd. This was third consecutive season in Europa League groups, which is huge success for them.
Samtredia: Unstable performance in the last month (Recent form: W L D W W)
Samptredia won the title in Georgia in the previous season and received their place in Champions League qualifications now. But in this season their performance is not so good. In the last two games beat Lokomotiv Tbilisi with 1-0 and Dila Gori with 3-2. So now after 18 rounds are third in the table with small chances to win the title as currently are 10 points behind. In European competitions they have never eliminated another club. So far faced Vardar in 1995/96 season and lost after 0-2 and 0-1, while in the last season lost vs another Azerbaijan club Gabala after 2-1 and 1-5.
NOWGOAL BETTING VERDICT:
After all, Samtredia are with very little experience in Europa and never eliminated a team, while Qarabag lost all 4 friendly games in the summer, but they are much experienced in Europa and reached Europa League groups in the previous 3 season, so I expect an easy home win.
Nowgoal Pick: Costa Rica @ 1.87.
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