Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Slovan Liberec have been struggling to find their form of late. The Czech team are on a five-game winless run in all competitions ahead of Thursday’s football match against Qarabag and they have nothing to play for in their fifth group game in the 2016/2017 Europa League campaign. Slovan Liberec played out a 2-2 draw with Qarabag in their opener, but they are on a three-game losing run in Group J at the moment. The Azeri outfit, on the other hand, recorded back-to-back wins over PAOK in previous two group matches and they are on the right track to qualify for the Europa League last 32. Liberec conceded 2+ goals in each of their previous four matches in Group J and, taking everything into account, we predict that the visitors are going to pick up all three points from Thursday’s clash. Reynaldo should be recalled to the starting XI and he will be one of the men to watch in the away team.
Highlighted Team (Qarabag):
Over the years Qarabag have established themselves as one of the best teams in Azerbaijan. The club was founded in 1951 and they were playing under the name of Mehsul back then. Qarabag won their first trophy in the national championship in 1993, beating Khazar Sumgayit in the title game.
In the 2015/2016 season they won their fourth domestic trophy, with the team finishing the season 22 points clear of second-placed Zira. Qarabag participated in the 2016/2017 Champions League qualifiers, but they were more than unfortunate to suffer a loss to Viktoria Plzen in the two-legged tie. The Azerbaijan outfit were beaten by the Czechs on away goal rule and, as a result, they made it to the Europa League playoffs.
Thanks to a win over Goteborg in the double-header Qarabag made it to the knockout stages of the competition. The Horsemen play their home games at Azersun Arena and their home colours are black. Qarabag play their away games in white kits.