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Balzan VS İnter Bakı

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Balzan and İnter Bakı meet at Ta'Qali National Stadium, in a match for this stage of the UEFA Europa League (1st Qualifying Round). These two teams have never met before, so this will be the first head‑to‑head between them. Balzan registers significant differences between home and away results, so the home/away factor is worth special attention.

Analysis of Balzan

The home team plays its first match in this edition of the UEFA Europa League with the intention of using the home advantage to get a positive result. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 7 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses in away matches, with 23 goals scored and 13 conceded; against 12 wins and 3 draws at their stadium, with 28 goals scored and 9 conceded. They come to this match after a away loss against Rijeka by (2‑1). Balzan has won 8 and tied 2 of the last 10 home matches. They haven't been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches.

Balzan comes for this stage of the competition after having won the 2nd position in the championship of Malta. In the previous season Balzan also had already been present in this stage of the Europe League; however, was moved away by Videoton. In this first leg against Inter Baku, the coach Marko Micovic should play in the usual 4-4-2 with Effiong and Kaljevic being the offensive referrals of the home team. It will be natural that the visiting team enter very defensively in the match, as they present many difficulties in their playing style. Apparently, the coach can count on all the players at his disposal.

Confirmed Lineup: S. Sultana, M. Johnson, I. Božović, S. Bezzina, E. Serrano, Kadú, N. Šljivić, M. Lepović, A. Effiong, B. Kaljević, Lecão.

Analysis of İnter Bakı

The team plays its first match in this edition of the UEFA Europa League with the intention of getting a positive away result. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive level in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 4 draws and 6 losses in away matches, with 19 goals scored and 22 conceded; against 7 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses at their stadium, with 18 goals scored and 16 conceded. In their last match, for the Cup, they got a home win against Qabala by (1‑0). In the last 10 away matches İnter Bakı has won 4, tied 4 and lost 2. Their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored at least one goal in each of the last 10 matches. In 15 matches, they have conceded the first goal 5 times and have only turned the score around in 1.

Inter Baku, also known as FK Kesla, comes for this stage of the Europe League after having won the Azerbaijani Cup. We remember that the year before the players of Inter Baku reached only the 2nd stage of this competition, when they were eliminated by the Luxembourgers Fola Esch. In this first leg, the coach Jurij Maximov should play the usual 4-3-3 privileging the ball possession and organized attacks, especially through the flanks: Milos Bosancic is one of the main creators and organizers of the offensive process. For this match, the coach can count on all his players.

Confirmed Lineup: K. Ağayev, S. Taşqın, T. Quliyev, Dênis, S. Alxasov, A. Salahlı, F. Bayramov, E. Sohna, V. Cavadov, C. Meza Colli, A. Clennon.

Betting suggestion:

The most likely scenario for this match will be Inter Turku don’t lose. Looking at the squads of the two teams it’s possible to notice that the players of Azerbaijan take advantage in comparison with the opponent, and in addition they are accustomed to this type of pressure. On the other hand, the Balzan should not give up, however, doesn’t have weapons to conquer the victory. So, we believe that Inter Turku won’t lose the match and will get a comfortable advantage for the second leg of this tie.
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UEFA Europa League - 2018/2019

  • 87% 272 / 314 Games

  • Home team wins 48.9%
  • Draws 22.79%
  • Away team wins 28.31%
  • Over 1.5 75.74%
  • Over 2.5 49.26%
  • Over 3.5 26.84%
  • Goals 727
  • Goals /match 2.67
  • Goals /match home 1.63
  • Goals /match away 1.05
  • Both teams score 46.32%
  • Goals after 80' 20.08%
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