BALZAN VS KESHLA PREVIEW & PREDICTION
Balzan and İnter Bakı meet at Ta’Qali National Stadium, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Europa 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 the Balzan usually conquer different results at home and abroad.
The home team plays its first match in this edition of the UEFA Europa League with the intention of taking advantage of the home advantage to achieve a positive result. 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 7 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses in away matches; against 12 wins and 3 draws in his stadium. In the last match they played, for the Friendlies, they lost to Rijeka by (2-1). In the last 10 home matches Balzan has 8 wins and 2 draws. The team has scored goals against the opponent in 7 of the last 10 matches, so his defense needs to improve, but his attack has scored regularly, since he has scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches.
The Balzan reaches this stage of the competition after having conquered the second position in the championship of Malta. In the previous season the Balzan also had already marked presence in this phase of the Europa League, but was eliminated by Videoton. In this first match against Inter Baku, coach Marko Micovic must act in the usual 4-4-2, with Effiong and Kaljevic being the offensive references of the locals. It will be natural to enter the game very defensive, as they present many difficulties in their style of play. Everything indicates that the coach can count on all the players.
The visiting team will make its debut in this edition of the UEFA Europa 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 5 wins, 4 draws and 6 losses in away matches, with 19 goals scored and 22 conceded; against 7 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses at their stadium, with 18 goals scored and 16 conceded. The team comes to this match after a home victory over Qabala by (1-0). In the last 10 away matches for all competitions, İnter Bakı has won 4, tied 4 and lost 2. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in all of the last 10 matches. In 15 games, they only got 1 comeback in the 5 games in which they suffered the first goal.
Inter Baku, also known as FK Kesla, reaches this stage of the Europa League after having won the Azerbaijan Cup. Remember that in the previous year the players of Inter Baku came only to the second phase of this competition, when they were eliminated by the Luxembourgers of Fola Esch. In this first game, coach Jurij Maximov must act in the usual 4-3-3, privileging possession of the ball and organized attacks, especially through the flanks: Milos Bosancic is one of the main creators and organizers of the offensive process. For this game the coach can count on all his players.
PREDICTION: Under 2.5 goals @ 1.70