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THE MATCH PREDICTION Speranta - Neftchi Baku 11.07 19:00

Asian handicap - Away (-1)
WIN 1.89

On Thursday many pairs of the Europeans teams will enter on the ground to play their first leg of the initial qualifying round of the Europa League. In one of them, Speranta welcomes Neftchi at the neutral Stadionul Zimbru in Chişinău. How will play the Moldavian debutant?

Speranta

Last season Speranta reached the highest rank in its history and got the promotion to the European Cups. The team from Nisporeni finished on the fourth place with 38 points after 28 games. The Sky Blue and Whites had nine wins, 11 draws and eight losses. They have scored 27 goals and conceded 26 goals.

This year the debutant of the Europa League’s qualifying stage could not keep previous heights and sits on the sixth position in the Moldavian National Division of eight clubs. The nominal hosts earned 19 points after 15 games and have a huge advantage over evident outsiders such as Zimbru and Codru. Recently they have been beaten with the same score of 0:3 by Speranta Drochia in frames of the national cup and Sheriff Tiraspol in the Moldavian championship.

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Neftchi

Neftchi takes part in the Europa League’s qualifiers as the runners-up of the Azerbaijan Premier League. Last season the Oilers earned 58 points after 28 games and had no chance to overtake the national powerhouse of the current century Qarabag. At the same time they had an absolutely safe gap over the third-ranked Sabail.

The Black and Whites had the following basic statistics: 17 wins, seven draws and four losses, 52 goals for and 26 goals against. They beat SKA Khabarovsk 3:1 in their unique friendly match of the pre-seasonal period.

Prediction

Neftchi is an experienced European fighter. We expect the Azerbaijani will beat the newcomer at the neutral venue and create a solid advantage before the second leg. We predict the guests’ victory with an Asian handicap of (-1).

The odds are valid at the moment of the prediction publication.

«Speranta»

WINS: 2 LOSSES: 3

6 : 1
0 : 1
4 : 1
1 : 3
0 : 1

«Neftchi Baku»

DRAWS: 1 WINS: 3 LOSSES: 1

4 : 2
1 : 3
0 : 2
2 : 2
2 : 3