Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
Zeljeznicar and Neftci Baku face each other at Stadion Grbavica in the closing match of Thursday’s program in the Conference League qualifiers. Zeljeznicar did remarkably well to shock Dinamo Minsk in round 1 and, no doubt, they are brimming with confidence ahead of the visit of Neftci. Both Drina and Amoah are banned for the match, while experienced defender Edin Cocalic should miss out through injury.
The Azeri, on the other hand, were struggling in preseason, with the team losing each of their four warm-up games and given Zeljo’s display in the triumph over Dinamo Minsk, we are tempted to put our money on the Bosnian outfit. Summer signing Yuri Matias (centre-back) is likely to make his Neftci debut against Zeljeznicar as well as defensive midfielder Qara Qarayev. This will be the first meeting between the two clubs in European competitions.