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Qarabağ vs Gent betting tips: Europa Conference League preview, predictions, team news and odds

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Match preview

Can Qarabağ win a knockout phase tie for the very first time?

12 months ago, the Horseman were demolished 6-1 by Olympique de Marseille at this stage, so will be hoping for better this time round.

Gurban Gurbanov’s team have already played 14 matches in UEFA competition this season, getting here by finishing third in their Europa League group.

The Azerbaijani champions are unbeaten in home this season, notably demolishing Nantes 3-0 in Bakı back in September.

So, if Qarabağ are going to get through this tie, they’ll surely need to win this first leg.

Gent meantime finished second in their Europa Conference League group, one point above Molde, who they hammered 4-0 on matchday six, thereby pipping the Norwegian club to qualification.

Hein Vanhaezebrouck’s team have only won two of their last nine domestic matches, but will make the long 2,300 mile journey east hopeful of returning with a positive result.

Qarabağ though have lost just one of their last 14 European home games, so can they make home advantage count at Tofiq Bahramov Republican Stadium?

Qarabağ team news

Centre-back Kevin Medina was sent off on matchday six against Freiburg so is suspended.

Meanwhile, first-choice goalkeeper Şahruddin Magomedaliyev is out with a broken hand, meaning 20 year old Amin Ramazanov will continue to deputise.

Musa Qurbanlı is their top-scorer this season with 18, but he’s still searching for his first goal in UEFA competition.

Gent team news

Núrio Fortuna, Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe, Matisse Samoise, Andrew Hjulsager, Tarik Tissoudali and Darko Lemajić are all out injured.

Striker Hugo Cuypers took his tally to 18 for the season on Saturday, and will remain the main danger man.

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