Our football match prediction:
Panathinaikos have been producing splendid performances in pre-season. Oi Prasinoi defeated the likes of Kortijk, Genclerbirligi and AZ Alkmaar in last three friendly games and they are certainly brimming with confidence ahead of the visit of Gabala. PAO are regarded as hot favourites to make it to the Europa League play-offs, but the Greeks will have to prove their worth on the field. Summer signing Luciano is expected to help Panathinaikos improve their game and all eyes will be on the former Corinthians footballer when the two teams face each other in Athens on Thursday. Gabala did well to eliminate Jagiellonia of Poland in previous round, but we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling PAO’s party at Stadio Apostolos Nikolaidis. Roman Grigorchuk’s men are not considered good travelers and we predict that they are going to return to Azerbaijan empty-handed from Thursday’s football match.
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.