Our prediction for this Europa League match:
After suffering three consecutive defeats in the Europa League Group I, Qarabag will be looking to give fans some cheer when they take on Sivasspor at Tofiq Behramov Stadium. The rock-bottom side are likely to leave their hearts on the field, but this game will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Sivasspor, on the other hand, did well to make amends for back-to-back losses to the likes of Villarreal and Maccabi Tel Aviv, with the team beating Qarabag 2-0 in Turkey.
The visitors aim to stay in the race for a place in the last 32, but beating the Azeri on the road is easier said than done. A close encounter is on the horizon at Tofiq Behramov Stadium, and we are tempted to put our money on draw. The good news for the visitors is that defender Samba Camara returns from suspension.
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 (Sivasspor):
Sivasspor is a Turkish football club based in the city of Sivas. The Red and Whites have been competiting in the Super Lig since 2005, but they have yet to win the domestic trophy. The club’s biggest came in the 2008/09 season when they finished the campaign in the second position in the standings, five points behind champions Besiktas.
As a result, they represented Turkey in the Champions League third qualifying round. Anderlecht proved to be a big catch for the Yigidolar in the qualifiers for the elite competition and, to make things even worse for the fans, the Red and Whites were beaten by Shakhtar Donetsk in the Europa League playoffs as well.
Sivasspor welcome their rivals at Sivas Stadium, which can hold up to 27,532 spectators. Max Gradel, Arouna Kone and Mustapha Yatabare are the notable players who play for the clubs. Sivasspor were founded on May 9, 1967.