On September 17, within the framework of the second qualifying round of the Europa League, the meeting between Neftchi and Galatasaray will take place. The hosts this season were extremely unlucky with the draw. If a year ago at the same stage they played against Arsenal Tula, now they have got one of the Turkish giants as their rivals. Should we expect an easy victory for the favorite, or will the underdog bring a sensation? Read about it in our forecast.
“Neftchi” only once in its history found itself in the group stage of the Europa League. It happened back in 2012, since then the club has only once flown past the European Cup zone in its championship. The “oilmen” were as close as possible to repeating their best result six years ago, but the team did not have enough one step to reach the main stage.
As for the current qualification, in the first round “Neftchi” with colossal difficulty managed to defeat the Macedonian “Shkupi” with a score of 2: 1. Will this Victoria be the last?
“Galatasaray” failed the last championship. For a multiple champion, being ranked sixth in the table is unacceptable. And if it were not for the ban from UEFA for Trabzonspor to participate in European club tournaments for the coming years, then Fatih Terim’s wards would not be on the field today.
The new season for the Turks started very successfully, in the first round Galatasaray won a convincing victory over Gaziantep at home, resolving all issues in the first half (3: 1). Will something similar happen now?
Until now, the clubs have not played a single match with each other;
In the last game, Neftchi interrupted a series of eight meetings without defeat.
For the guests, the departure from qualifying (not to mention the defeat in the second round in general) will be an extremely negative event, which the club does not want to allow. Consequently, the players will enter the field charged to achieve a result. The hosts will put the “bus” in their penalty area and wait for the competitor’s mistakes. However, Falcao and the company still have to take their own, and according to the results of regular time.
Our prediction is that Galatasaray will win with a handicap (-1) with a coefficient of 1.85 from BC Winline.