Neftçi and Galatasaray meet at Bakı Olimpiya Stadionu, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (2nd Qualifying Round). These two teams have never met before, so this will be their first head-to-head meeting. In this match, the home factor may be decisive, since both teams present considerable differences in the results achieved at home and as a visitor.
The home team reaches this stage of the UEFA Europa League (2nd Qualifying Round) after a (2‑1) home win against Shkupi. This is a stronger team with the support of its fans, since in the last 30 games it has registered 4 victories, 3 draws and 8 losses as a visitor, with 16 goals scored and 22 suffered; against 8 victories, 5 draws and 2 defeats in his stadium, with 25 goals scored and 12 suffered. In their last match, for Premyer Liqa, they lost to Sumqayıt at home by (0‑2). In their last 10 home games Neftçi has recorded 5 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses. Their defense has not been very strong, as they have suffered goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored regularly, as they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches. This is a team that scores few times in the first place and that only managed to open the scoring in 2 of its last 9 games, of these 2 it reached the break in 1 and won at the end of the 90 ‘in all.
Neftçi comes to this game unmotivated, after a 2-0 defeat at the reception to Sumqayit, in a match for the Azerbaijani Championship. In the previous round of the Europa League, the home team beat Shkupi 2-1. Usually, when the local club invests in the offensive process it does so through the right flank, taking advantage of the depth offered by winger Alasgarov. Striker Abbasov is one of the team’s most prominent players, being very powerful and strong in the finish. For this match, coach Fuzuli Mammadov can count on all his players.
The visiting team plays its first match in this edition of the UEFA Europa League with the intention of achieving a positive result as a visitor. This is a stronger team with the support of its fans, since in the last 30 games it has registered 4 victories, 5 draws and 6 losses as a visitor, with 22 goals scored and 24 suffered; against 11 victories, 3 draws and 1 defeat in his stadium, with 30 goals scored and 13 suffered. In their last match, for the Süper Lig, they beat Gaziantep FK at home by (3‑1). In their last 10 away matches, Galatasaray has registered 3 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses. Their defense has not been very strong, as they have suffered goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored regularly, as they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches.
The Galatasaray team comes to this game motivated, after a 3-1 home win over Gaziantep: the team’s goals were scored by Falcao (2) and Kilinc. The Turkish team usually plays in a 4-3-3, in which the three most advanced pieces are Kilinc, Feghouli and Falcao. The brain of the team is midfielder Arda Turan, the player responsible for defining and leading his team’s attacks. Coach Fatih Terim cannot count on Etebo, Ekbaba and Muslera, all with physical problems.