Partizani Tirana and Qarabağ meet at Stadiumi Selman Stërmasi, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Champions League (1st Qualifying Round). This will be the first direct confrontation between these two teams, as they have never faced each other before. Attention to the house factor, since Partizani Tirana usually conquers different results at home and abroad.
The home team will make its debut in this edition of the UEFA Champions League with the intention of conquering a positive result, taking advantage of the home factor. 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 5 wins, 5 draws and 5 losses in away matches; against 10 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses at their stadium. In the last match they played, for the Friendlies, they beat Cracovia by (0-1). In the last 10 home matches Partizani Tirana has won 6, tied 2 and lost 2. They have not 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 9 of the last 10 matches.
Partizani reach this first round of the Champions League after having won, quietly, the Albanian Championship. In the second position of that competition ended the Kukesi. In this game against the Qarabag, a team that is usually present in these qualifying rounds, the new coach Franco Lerda should play in 4-3-3, being Eraldo Cinari, Lucas Cardoso and Jasir Asani the arrows pointed to the opponent’s goal. The offensive midfielder Bardhi is one of the most important players in Partizani, who is very skilled with the ball on his feet. Without important absences to register, the local team must act in maximum strength.
The visiting team will make its debut in this edition of the UEFA Champions League with the intention of conquering a positive result, taking advantage of the home factor. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 8 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses in away matches, with 29 goals scored and 14 conceded; against 9 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses at their stadium, with 29 goals scored and 15 conceded. The team comes to this match after a home tie against Viktoria Plzeň by (2-2). In the last 10 away matches for all competitions, Qarabağ has won 7, tied 1 and lost 2. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches.
The Qarabag reaches this round of the Champions League due to the title won in the Azerbaijani Championship, with 66 points, 8 more than the Neftçi. In the last game, the visitors tied for 2×2 with the Viktoria Plzen. In this displacement to the Partizani terrain, we believe that coach Qurban Qurbanov will play in 4-3-3, with Michel being the man responsible for creating all the offensive plays. One of the headaches of the coach the low profitability of the offensive sector in the condition of visitor. For this game the coach can count on all his players.