Our football match prediction:
Mainz will be looking to make amends for a 3-1 loss to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich when they square off against Qabala at their OPEL ARENA on Thursday evening. Die Nullfunfer need to record a big win over Qabala if they are to keep their hopes of making it to the Europa League knockout stages alive, but they can’t afford any complacency against the Azerbaijan outfit. The Germans should mind their own business and we predict that the hosts will go all-out attack in Thursday’s football match. Qabala suffered a loss in each of their previous five group games and they are unlikely to spoil Mainz’s party at OPEL ARENA. Martin Schmidt’s charges outplayed Roman Grigorchuk’s men in the reverse fixture in Azerbaijan and, taking everything into account, home win should be considered. A man to watch in the home team will be John Cordoba, who scored in the 3-1 loss to Bayern Munich at the weekend.
Highlighted Player (Jose Rodriguez):
Jose Rodriguez is a professional footballer who was born in Villajoyosa, Alicante on 16 December, 1994. Rodriguez started his senior career at Real Madrid B, playing 60 matches for Castilla between 2012 and 2014. He made his debut for Real Madrid on 1 December, 2012 in a 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid in the local derby. Three days later Rodriguez became the youngest footballer ever to play for los Blancos in the Champions League as he came as a substitute in a 4-1 win over Ajax. He played for Deportivo La Coruna on loan in the 2014/2015 campaign and he joined Galatasaray at the end of the season. However, he made just 14 league appearances for the Turkish side and in 2016 he moved to Germany. Rodriguez joined Mainz on 1 July, 2016 and his contract with the Bundesliga club expires on 30 June, 2020. His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as both attacking midfielder and a right winger. Juan Rodriguez has six caps for Spain U21 team.
Highlighted Team (Qabala):
Gabala are one of the youngest clubs in Azerbaijan. The Dag canavari were founded on 3 July, 1995 under the name of Goygol and 11 years later they changed from Goygol to Gabala. It has to be noted that former Arsenal star Tony Adams was in charge of the club from 2010 to 2011. The English tactician was forced to quit his job due to family problems. Gabala have yet to win the Azerbaijan Premier League title, but they made it to the Azerbaijan Cup final in 2014, losing to Neftchi Baku on penalties in the title game. Gabala booked their place in the 2016/2017 Europa League group stages by beating Slovenian outfit Maribor in the two-legged tie. The club welcome their rivals at Gabala City Stadium. The venue was opened on 1 September, 2005 and the capacity of the stadium is 2000. Gabala play their home games in red shirts and black shorts, whilst the colour of their away kits is white.