Our prediction for this Nations League match:
Azerbaijan and Luxembourg face each other at Baku Olympic Stadium in what is expected to be a close encounter. Azerbaijan aim to put an end to their three-game losing run, but home win should not be considered as there will be no spectators in Saturday’s football match. Gianni De Biasi’s men were struggling in front of goal in the Euro 2020 qualifiers, meaning that a low-scoring affair is on the horizon in their UEFA Nations League opener.
Luxembourg, on the other hand, have been making progress year by year. Dynamo Kiev attacker Gerson Rodriguez will be the man to watch in the away team, and we predict that the 25-year-old will pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. Anyhow, share of spoils is on the cards as Luxembourg are not regarded as good travellers. In their last meeting in a competitive match the two teams played out a 1-1 draw.
Highlighted Player (Richard):
Richard is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a midfielder at Qarabag of Azerbaijan. Richard Almeida de Oliveira was born on March 20, 1989 in Sao Paulo, Brazil and he started his senior career at Santo Andre. After making only four appearances in the league for the Brazilian club, he signed a loan deal with Portuguese side Gil Vicente.
In 2012 he moved to Azerbaijan, signing a contract with Qarabag and he has been playing for the Atilar ever since. Richard impressed in his debut season with the club as he scored 13 goals in 30 appearances in the national championship for Qarabag. The 177-cm tall player made his Azerbaijan debut on June 10, 2017 in a 1-0 loss to Northern Ireland.
His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as both attacking midfielder and a left winger as well. It has to be noted that Richard’s contract with Qarabag should expire on June 30, 2018.
Highlighted Team (Luxembourg):
Luxembourg national football team is controlled by Luxembourg Football Federation and they play their home games at Stade Josy Barthel. Les Lions Rouges have never qualified for the finals of a major tournament, but they often make life difficult for European teams in the qualifiers.
Luxembourg defeated Macedonia in the Euro 2016 qualifiers, but a victory over Czech Republic in the 1996 European Championship qualifying match is considered the team’s biggest success. Les Lions Rouges play their home matches in red shirts and red shorts, while they wear white jerseys and white shorts when playing on the travels.
Jeff Strasser is both the most famous and the most capped Luxembourg player and it has to be noted that the former Bundesliga player made 98 appearances for the national team. Luxembourg recorded their biggest win against Afghanistan (6-0), in the match that was played in London in 1948. Speaking of their biggest defeat, Luxembourg were outclassed by England 9-0 on two occasions (1960, 1982).