Our prediction for this Europa League match:
After sharing the spoils with Cadiz in La Liga, Villarreal will be looking to return to winning ways when they take on Qarabag at Tofiq Bahramov Stadium in the Europa League group stages round 2. The Yellow Submarine looked sharp in front of goal in a 5-3 win over Sivasspor, but keep in mind that key midfielder Dani Parejo will be out of contention for month with injury.
A man to watch in the away team will be former Barcelona attacker Paco Alcacer, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Qarabag, on the other hand, have been struggling in front of goal of late, with the team failing to find the net in the previous two games in all competitions. The Azeri outfit had no more than seven goal attempts in a 1-0 loss to Maccabi Tel Aviv, which is yet another reason why away win should be considered.
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 (Villarreal):
Villarreal CF was founded on 10th of March 1923. In the year 1998 Villarreal managed to reach the Primera Division for the first time in history of the club. After 1 season the club could not manage to stay in the league and go regulated to the Segunda Division. In the last couple of years Villarreal developed itself to a stable club in the Primera Division.
This first European succes was in 2003/2004 where the club managed to reach the semi finals in the UEFA cup. In 2004/2005 Villarreal end 3rd on the table in the Primera Division which was a highlight for the club.
The biggest succes was in 2006 when Villarreal managed to reach the semi finals in the Champions League. In the semi finals the club lost with only 1 goal difference against runner up Arsenal. Former known players for Villarreal are: Riquelme, Tomasson, Fernandez, Forlan and Pires.