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Neftçi will visit The Bank Republic Arena on Thursday for the Premyer Liqasi clash with home side Sabah.
For all of our match predictions, pre-game poll and statistics for Sabah v Neftçi, scroll down - plus the latest match odds.
Sabah are hoping to win again following the 0-6 Premyer Liqasi triumph vs Sumgayit.
For Sabah, the scorers were Emmanuel Apeh (3'), Joy-Lance Mickels (14'), Oleksiy Kashchuk (28'), Elvin Camalov (33'), Anatoli Nuriyev (77') and Davit Volkovi (85').
Their more recent scorelines show that not much more can be done by the Sabah defence. Sabah have been miserly, seeing the tally of goals that have gone in at their end during their previous six outings standing at 3. Nevertheless, we will just have to wait and see if such a trend will be sustained in this game or not.
Neftçi will come into the game following a 3-0 Premyer Liqasi win to beat Keşlə in their last match.
In the course of their six latest matches, Samir Abbasov's Neftçi have turned their attacks into goals a total of 11 times, giving them the goals scored per game average of 1.83.
Head to head
Looking at the statistics for their head to head duels going back to 26/09/2021, there is nothing to separate the two clubs with Sabah winning 3 of those games, Neftçi 3 and 0 being drawn after 90 minutes of play.
A combined total of 16 goals were scored between the two sides in these games, with 8 for Sabah and 8 created by Neftçilər. The average goals per game has been 2.67.
The previous league encounter featuring these sides was Premyer Liqasi match day 11 on 23/10/2022 which finished with the scoreline of Neftçi 2-3 Sabah.
Team News: Sabah
Namiq Alasgarov (Inguinal Hernia) and Zurab Ochigava (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) are unavailable for Sabah boss Rövşän Babayev. Ceyhun Nuriyev cannot play in this game through suspension.
Team News: Neftçi
Neftçi boss Samir Abbasov has to contend with a number of unavailable players. Farid Yusifli (Unknown Injury), Vojislav Stankovic (Unknown Injury) and Eddy Israfilov (Unknown Injury) won’t be making appearances.
We feel that in this game, Neftçi have enough to put one past this Sabah lineup, but it may not quite be enough to avoid a loss.
We’re tipping a tight encounter finishing with a 2-1 winning score for Sabah after the 90. Hopefully this is a good one.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: The Bank Republic Arena (13,000)
Captain: Ruslan Abışov
Chairman: Magsud Adigozalov
Manager: Rövşän Babayev
Competitions: Premyer Liqasi position 2