Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Stadion Vorskla im Oleksiya Butov’skogo will host Thursday’s football game between Vorskla and Qarabag. Vorskla shocked Qarabag in Azerbaijan two weeks ago, which helped them keep their hopes of booking their place in the Europa League knockout stages alive. The Ukrainian side can’t stop now and we predict that they are going to leave their hearts on the field in Thursday’s clash. Vorskla want this win more than Qarabag and seeing that the Azeri have little to play for in this game, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. Kulach scored the winner for Vorskla in Azerbaijan, meaning that the opposition defender should have him at bay. Taking everything into account, Vorskla want this win more than Qarabag and home win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Ardin Dallku):
Ardin Dallku is a Kosovo international who was born in Vucitrn (FR Yugoslavia) on November 1, 1994. After spending his youth career at Prishtina and Vorskla Poltava, he continued playing for the Ukrainian side at senior level. The 184-cm tall defender made his Vorskla debut on December 10, 2016, starting the match against Volyn Lutsk.
Ardin Dallku’s main position is centre-back and his preferred foot is right. Ardin Dallku scored his first ever goal for Vorskla on August 12, 2017 in a hard-fought 1-0 win over Stal. Dallku is very good in the air and he quickly established himself as a first-team regular at in the Ukrainian side.
Speaking of his international career, Dallku made his Kosovo debut in a 4-3 win over Latvia on November 13, 2017. Dallku started the match, but he was replaced by Lirim Kastrati II after 70 minutes. The Kosovo international will play for Vorskla in the 2018/2019 Europa League group stages.
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.