Our football match prediction:
Qabala welcome Panathinaikos at their Bakcell Arena in the second leg of the Europa League third qualifying round. Thanks to Guillermo Molins’ goal from the penalty spot PAO recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Qabala in the first leg and they are now on a quest to defend their slim lead in Thursday’s football match. The Greek side totally deserved to win the match and it has to be noted that they had 20 goal attempts (7 on target) in the 1-0 victory over the Azeri. Qabala sit in second place in the Azerbaijan Premyer Liqa standings and you should bear in mind that they are undefeated in last 18 home games in the national championship. However, seeing that they were totally outplayed by Panathinaikos in Athens, we do not believe that the hosts are capable of overcoming the deficit. Taking everything into account, we predict that the two teams will share the spoils in Baku.
Highlighted Team (Panathinaikos):
Despite being founded on 3 February, 1908, Panathinaikos won their first domestic trophy in 1930. However, they quickly established themselves as one of the biggest clubs in Greece. Oi Prasinoi clinched their 20th Greek Superleague trophy in 2010, with the team finishing the season six points clear of their fiercest rivals Olympiakos. There have always been fireworks in meetings between the two capital clubs and the clash between the two sides is well known as the “Derby of eternal enemies”. According to UEFA Panathinaikos are the second most-popular team football team in Greece. Speaking of the club’s European success, PAO made it to the 1970/1971 European Cup (Champions League) final, but Ajax proved to be a big catch for the Greek side in the title game. It is well known that green trifolium (shamrock) is the club’s emblem. Giorgos Karagounis, Djibril Cisse, Emmanuel Olisadebe, Paulo Sousa and Goran Vlaovic are notable footballers who played for PAO in the past. Giourkas Seitaridis, Antonis Nikopolidis, Kostas Chalkias, Angelos Basinas, Giannis Goumas and Dimitris Papdopoulos are Panathinaikos players who helped Greece win the 2004 European Championship trophy.