Qarabağ FK vs Arsenal: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
Thursday, October 4th, 2018, 18:55
Tofig Bahramov Republican stadium Baku
Arsenal make their first ever trip to Azerbaijan to face a Qarabag side who have already played nine games in European competition this season.
Arsenal will go into their second group match full of confidence after a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Vorskla in their opener and a string of impressive performances in the Premier League. But the near 3000-mile journey to Baku may play a factor in the outcome of this match with Unai Emery possibly resting some of his players.
Qarabag lost 2-0 away at Sporting Lisbon in their group opener and will know that not many will fancy their chances of finishing in the top two qualifying spots in Group E. They will need to make the most of home advantage and will hope that their fans can make some kind of atmosphere in the Baku Olympic Stadium which will also host the final next May.
Since their early season jitters Arsenal have won seven consecutive games in all competitions and it looks like new boss Unai Emery is getting to know his squad well. He doesn’t seem afraid of dropping big name players and will be expecting three points in Baku.
It is early days in the Azerbaijan Premier League but Qarabag have started well in the eight-team competition. They will know that recognition on the wider football stage comes with success in European competition however – but Arsenal must be the fancied side for this one and the Gunners could run out 2-0 winners.
- Arsenal to win to nil
Petr Cech had to be replaced in Arsenal’s win over Watford and summer signing Bernd Leno looked very impressive as his back up. Emery should have every faith in the German shot stopper to keep a clean sheet in Baku.
- Highest scoring half
With such a long journey to make, Arsenal might not be so quick to start this match – but talent and skill will show later in the game where the Gunners will pull away from their hosts.
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Head to Head
These two sides have never met but Qarabag have faced fellow London sides Spurs and Chelsea in European competition losing all four matches.
- Qarabag started their European campaign back in July when they travelled to Slovenia for their Champions League first qualifying round tie. If they end up getting to the Europa League final they will have played 22 matches on the way.
- If he is to take any part in the match Henrikh Mkhitaryan will need to be granted a special exemption from the Azerbaijan government due to a dispute with the midfielder’s native Armenia.
- Qarabag’s record attendance for a match came in 2017 when 67,200 fans watched them lose 2-1 to Roma in the Baku Olympic Stadium.
- Arsenal have competed in Europe every season since the 1996/97 campaign but last year’s Europa League experience was the first time they had not played in the Champions League for 18 years.