Qarabag vs APOEL Nicosia – Back both teams to score in Azerbaijan

Qarabag vs APOEL Nicosia Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips

Qarabag and APOEL Nicosia are set to serve up goals in their UEFA Champions League third round qualifying second leg. Both teams played out an open contest in the first leg and are tipped to produce BTTS at odds of 2.00. They are also backed to cancel each other out for a draw at 3.20.

Qarabag FK Form & Team News

Qarabag hold an advantage from the first leg having come away from Nicosia with a 2-1 victory. They went two goals up thanks to efforts from Mahir Emreli and Magaye Gueye before the hosts pulled one back deep into added time.
The Azerbaijani team are unbeaten in this year’s Champions League and are attempting to reach the playoff stage for the first time. Gurban Gurbanov’s men are priced at 2.25 for a win on Tuesday but having conceded in two of their last three matches, BTTS should be considered.
Mahir Emreli has been excellent for Qarabag in recent matches with two goals in his last three appearances. The forward is set to feature in attack on Tuesday while Magaye Gueye is likely to be given a start after coming off the bench to good effect last time out.
Gurban Gurbanov
Qarabag coach Gurban Gurbanov has seen his team fail to keep a clean sheet in two of their last three UCL matches (Getty Images)

APOEL Nicosia Form & Team News

APOEL Nicosia were disappointing in the first leg as they suffered a 2-1 home defeat home. They conceded twice in the second half before grabbing a consolation through Giorgios Merkis in the fifth minute of injury time.
It was the first defeat in the competition for the Cypriots who had impressed in their previous outings. Paolo Tramezzani’s men are valued at odds of 3.20, but I am backing BTTS as they have failed to keep a clean sheet in four of their last five away matches in the Champions League.
Andrija Pavlovic should continue in attack having scored a hat-trick in the previous round against Sutjeska. He is likely to be supported by Tomas De Vincenti and Moussa Al Tamari who have also impressed in recent weeks.

Qarabag vs APOEL Nicosia Head to Head

Last week’s clash was the first ever meeting between Qarabag and APOEL Nicosia. Both teams got on the score sheet in the first leg and also had several attempts on goal.

Qarabag vs APOEL Nicosia Match Up

Mahir Emreli will be the one to watch for Qarabag following a series of impressive performances in recent matches. He grabbed the opener in the first leg and will be confident of once again getting past the Nicosia defence.
Andrija Pavlovic will be the man tasked with providing the spark for Nicosia with his pace on the left. He often combines well with Tomas De Vincenti and both men should trouble the Qarabag backline.
Andrija Pavlovic
APOEL Nicosia’s Andrija Pavlovic is likely to prove a handful for the Qarabag defence (Getty Images)

Qarabag vs APOEL Nicosia Key Statistics

  • Qarabag have failed to keep a clean sheet in 2 of their last 3 matches (UEFA Champions League).
  • Qarabag are unbeaten in their last 6 matches (UEFA Champions League).
  • APOEL Nicosia have failed to keep a clean sheet in 4 of their last 5 away matches (UEFA Champions League).
  • APOEL Nicosia are unbeaten in 3 of their last 4 matches (UEFA Champions League).

Verdict

Qarabag and APOEL boast plenty of quality in attack but often appear shaky at the back. They are tipped to produce BTTS at odds of 2.00 while both teams are set to battle to a draw at 3.20.

Best Bet: BTTS Yes @ 2.00 at bet365 – 3 Units
Value Bet: Draw @ 3.20 at bet365 – 1 Unit
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 Draw @ 6.00 at bet365 – 1 Unit

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