Qarabağ and Molde face at AEK Arena – George Karapatakis, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Champions League (3rd Qualifying Round). This will be the first direct confrontation between these two teams, as they have never met before. Particular attention is needed for the home / away condition, as both teams present significantly different results at home and away.
Until reaching this stage of the UEFA Champions League (3rd Qualifying Round), the home team eliminated: Sheriff and Sileks. This is a stronger team with the support of its fans, since in the last 30 games it has registered 5 victories, 3 draws and 7 losses as a visitor, with 25 goals scored and 23 suffered; against 8 victories, 6 draws and 1 defeat in his stadium, with 21 goals scored and 10 suffered. The team comes to this match after a draw away with Keşlə by (0‑0). In the last 10 home matches for all competitions, Qarabağ won 5 and drew 5. Their defense has been very solid, since they only conceded goals in 1 of the last 10 matches, and their attack has scored regularly, already who scored goals in 7 of the last 10 games.
Qarabag comes to this match after a 0x0 draw at the Inter Baku stadium visit. Like the rival of this performance, the Qarabag generally acts in a 4-3-3, favoring a more cautious and disciplined style of play, in which the three most advanced men are Zoubir, Emreli and Owusu. The two great strengths of the home team are the way they manage to create goal situations and also the defensive strength they present. Coach Qurban Qurbanov must be able to count on all the players for this match.
The visiting team reaches this stage of the UEFA Champions League (3rd Qualifying Round) after having played previous qualifiers with: Celje and KuPS. This is a stronger team with the support of its fans, since in the last 30 games it has registered 6 wins, 4 draws and 5 losses as a visitor, with 30 goals scored and 23 suffered; against 12 victories and 3 defeats in his stadium, with 45 goals scored and 17 suffered. In their last match, for the Eliteserien, they lost to Viking by (3‑2). In their last 10 away matches, Molde has registered 5 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses. The team allowed the opponent goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, so their defense needs to improve, but their offense has scored regularly, as they have always scored at least one goal in the last 10 matches. In their away matches there is a tendency to score goals, as in 15 of their last 16 matches there were Over 1.5 goals and in 13 of the last 16 there were Over 2.5 goals. In 15 games, he only managed 1 comeback in the 5 games in which he suffered the first goal.
El Molde enters this round of the Champions League without much motivation, after a 3-2 defeat in the visit to Viking. The visiting team usually acts in a traditional 4-3-3, favoring a faster style of play, with constant transitions, attacking, preferably, on the flanks. It should be noted that, in this tactical scheme, the three most advanced players are Andersen, Omoijuanfo and Hestad. It should be noted that coach Erling Moe will not be able to count on the central Kristoffer Haraldseid, handed over to the medical department.