Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Qarabag will be looking to put an end to their four-game losing run in the Europa League when they host Maccabi Tel Aviv at their Tofiq Bahramov Stadium. Gurban Gurbanov’s troops are leading the chase for the domestic title, but they have been struggling in the Europa League this season. The Azeri suffered a loss in each of their four group games, and, as a result, they have little to play for against Maccabi Tel Aviv.
The visitors, on the other hand, aim to retain their spot in top two, and they should take advantage of Qarabag’s poor form. Even though Enric Saborit is sidelined through suspension for Maccabi Tel Aviv, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the away team. When the two teams met in Israel earlier in the process Maccabi Tel Aviv defeated Qarabag thanks to Yonatan Cohen’s goal.
Highlighted Player (Maksim Medvedev):
Maksim Medvedev is an Azerbaijan international who plays for Qarabag as a right-back. Born in Baku, back then Soviet Union, on September 29, 1989, Medvedev is a first-team regular at the Azerbaijan national football team.
He played an important role in the national team during the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, but he scored his first international goal in a 1-0 win over Norway on October 8, 2016. Speaking of his club career, Maksim Medvedev is a product of the Qarabag football academy, and he continued playing for the Azeri giants at senior level. His main position is right-back, but he is used as both right midfielder and centre-back as well.
Medvedev made his debut in the Champions League group stages in a 6-0 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on September 12, 2017. The 175-cm tall footballer wears the No. 5 jersey at Qarabag, and his preferred foot is right.
Highlighted Team (Maccabi Tel Aviv):
Maccabi Tel Aviv are the oldest and probably the biggest clubs in Israel. The club was founded in 1906 and they have been playing an important role in the Israeli League ever since. In 2015 Maccabi won their 21st trophy in the national championship and the same season they clinched their 23rd Israeli Cup title.
The club’s fiercest rivals are Hapoel Tel-Aviv and they welcome their opponents at Netanya Stadium. The capacity of the venue is 13 610. The likes of Beitar Jerusalem Hapoel Be’er Sheva and Maccabi Haifa are considered Maccabi Tel Aviv’s bitter rivals as well. In 1969 the club won the AFC Champions League and they repeated the success two years later, beating Aliyat Al-Shorta in the final.
The likes of Jordi Cruyff, Paulo Sousa, Rade Prica, Moanes Dabour and Vincent Enyeama are the high-profile footballers who were part of the team in the past. The colour of Maccabi’s home kit is yellow and blue.