Ararat Armenia vs Saburtalo for the Europa League qualifying match on Tuesday at Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium.
For the Armenian team, the meeting approaches with the exclusive dedication they’ve been having to continental disputes. Next Saturday, August 10, is scheduled to debut in the 2019/2020 edition of the Armenian Championship. As host will face the Gandzasar.
Ararat began fighting for a place in the Champions League but was unsuccessful in their battle with AIK from Sweden, although they won their first knockout game. At home, they won 2 – 1. However, they could not hold the advantage in the return game, which ended in a 3-1 defeat.
‘Demoted’ to Europa League, they’ve turned around. They beat Gibraltar’s Lincoln with two wins. At home, they made it 2-0. As a visitor, they completed the service by winning by 2 to 1 and taking a step forward in the competition.
Saburtalo Tbilisi can still count on the advantage of maintaining their focus on the upcoming duels with Ararat. The Crystalbet Erovnuli League, the Georgian Championship First Division, which has been paralyzed since the first week of July, will be resumed last weekend after the summer ‘holiday’.
Besides, the club has had its commitments relocated so it can have a better chance of reaching a place in continental competition.
However, by standing still at 40 points, they saw difference grow to four points from leaders Dinamo Tbilisi, who on Sunday, August 4 thrashed Lokomotiv Tbilisi 6-0. They were expected to face each other next Sunday, August 11, but the classic will be rescheduled.
Saburtalo played in two stages of the Champions League qualifiers. They struggled past Moldova’s Sheriff Tiraspol in their debut. Made it 3-0 at the rival’s stadium, but were shocked to lose 3-0 at home. They did not resist Croatia’s Dynamo Zagreb after being beaten at home (2-0) and away (3-0).
The teams did not show high-quality soccer in the previous stages. The home factor gives Ararat a slight superiority and makes the prediction of their success against Saburtalo Tbilisi the best guess for Tuesday’s UEFA Europa League fourth round qualifying round tie.