Our prediction for this match:
Nagyerdei Stadion will host Saturday’s friendly between Qatar and Azerbaijan, the two teams who meet for the first time since March 2013. Back then Azerbaijan defeated Qatar 2-1, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge. Felix Sanchez Bas’ troops did well to crush Bangladesh 5-0 in the opening match of their World Cup qualifying campaign, and we are positive that they will adopt yet another attack-minded approach against Azerbaijan.
The Azeri, on the other hand, managed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last four games of the last year, and they are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in Saturday’s friendly. Nonetheless, we do not believe that they are capable of preventing the Qatari from scoring at Nagyerdei Stadion. Ali Almoez, who scored a brace against Bangladesh, will be one of the men to watch in the home side.
Highlighted Player (Abdelkarim Hassan):
Abdelkarim Hassan is a Qatar international who plays for domestic club Al-Sadd as a defender. Hassan is a product of Al-Sadd football academy, but it has to be noted that he played for Belgian side Eupen during the 2017/2018 season. The 186-cm-tall footballer has five caps for Qatar U20 and 17 caps for Qatar U23 national team respectively and he made his senior debut for the Maroons on November 18, 2010 against Haiti.
Abdelkarim Hassan was the youngest footballer to appear in the 2011 Asian Cup preliminary squad (17 years and 123 days old). Hassan scored one goal in six appearances for Qatar at the 2019 Asian Cup where the Maroons won the title thanks to a routine win over Japan in the final of the tournament. Left-back is considered his main position, but the Al-Sadd footballer plays as both left midfielder and right-back as well. His preferred foot is left.
Highlighted Team (Azerbaijan):
Azerbaijan footballers were playing for Soviet Union national team from 1920 to 1991. In 1991 Azerbaijan gained its independence and they have been competing on the international stage ever since. The Azeri have yet to qualify for the finals of a major tournament, but they have been producing fine performances ever since Robert Prosinecki took over the reins.
On September 17, 1992 the Milli suffered a 6-3 loss to Georgia in their first international match and seven years later they recorded their biggest win, with the team beating Liechtenstein 4-0 in front of home fans in Baku. The Azerbaijan national football team wear blue shirts and blue shorts when playing at home ground, while the colour of their away kit is red.
Gurban Gurbanov is the most capped played (68) and the legendary attacker, who played for Azerbaijan from 1992 to 2005), scored 14 goals for the national team. It has to be noted that the former Soviet republic play their home matches at Baku Olympic Stadium, which was opened on March 6, 2015.