FK Partizani vs FK Qarabag (By: Isaiah)
Partizani were a side that controlled the title race in Albanian domestic league for the most of the time, closing the title down with eleven points more than second Kukesi.
They were the ones who profited from Skenderbeu being kicked out of Europe for many years and not being in a situation to have the biggest possible budget overall anymore.
This fact didn't help the growth of Albanian domestic football and surely that Partizani can't even count on entering anywhere close to the Europa League in the end, although they will be having an easier draw.
Some changes were seen during summer, as they signed striker Solomon from Ujpest, also on a loan from Crotone a midfielder Romero. Overall, not the quality that could significantly improve them in such a short period. During the pre-season, they have suffered 2:1 loss over Slovenian side Mura.
Qarabag, on the other side, won the title in the Azeri league with eight points more than second Neftchi and have ended the season with eight consecutive victories.
Abit of a disappointment in the Cup though, as they lost the finals only on away goal rule against Gabala in a 2:2 aggregate score. The team has played the Europa League group stage in a group together with Arsenal, Sporting and Vorskla pulling out a win over Vorskla on the road. No doubt that another entrance into one of two competitions is their target.
During the preparation period, they have lost to Ludogorets 2:0 early at the start, drawing against Universitatea Craiova in a goalless match. They also had a 2:1 win over Russian Ufa and have drawn against Plzen 2:2 in the last friendly matches before the official start of the season for them.
Some moves were done already regarding the transfer window, as they signed winger Romero from Gijon, and left back Ailton on the loan from Stuttgart. Central back Rzezniczak left them going to Wisla Plock, while Offensive Delarge and Emeghara got released not getting their contracts renewed.
There is very little what the Albanian side can offer here to remain undefeated. Individual quality and experience of the players are completely with the visiting team which already shown during the friendly matches that they are quite in-form comparing to a far poorer opponent this time.
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FK Partizani vs FK Qarabag betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Isaiah).