Thursday evening from 20:30 Kukes Albanian band will meet the Turkish team Trabzonspor in the first leg of the Europa League playoffs. The stakes are quite important for both teams, participation in the Europa League group bringing them a great addition to the current budget.
Kukes has not yet started the new season in Albania, but has already played six official matches, playing in all rounds so far in the Champions League. Kukes made its debut in European cups this year against those of Flora. In the first match they drew 1-1 away after having earned a goalless draw at home, and so they qualified on. Sarajevo was a little easier after a 3-2 win at home and 0-0 away draw. In the third qualifying round of the Europa League, Kukes has caused a real surprise in the Metalurg Donetsk eliminating it. In the tour match home team in this meeting was won by a score of 2-0, then was narrowly defeated 1-0 away.
Kukes has not yet received goal at home in the Champions League and has shown it can be a very strong team, even if they play with the best rated opponents. This band has reached this summer and novel Cristian Dragoi, virtually an unknown in world football. Karabeci was borrowed from Tirana to Kukes brought the remaining players were transferred without money. In the last nine matches played at home in all competitive Kukes was not defeated.
Trabzonspor will have difficulties in this game if you try to take it up on their opponent. The Turks were defeated in last weekend away to Besiktas 2-0 in the first round of Turkish Super League. To get to the playoffs, Trabzon took two preliminary rounds. The first team was eliminated Derry City, who did score band with both home and away. Trabzon was won at home 4-2 and then won 3-0 away. There was a pretty heavy double with Dinamo Minsk. First Trabzon won 1-0 away, planning to draw 0-0 at home.
Trabzonspor this summer was quite seriously strengthened with renowned players in Europe. Bosingwa came to the team as a free agent after retrogrodat QPR in the Championship. Trabzon put his hand on the Frenchman Malouda after it has terminated its contract with Chelsea. Karadeniz and Demir are two other transfers, for the last paying is around 3 million euros. Chapter departures Trabzon was separated from Cech, left Bologna for free and Zengin, Besiktas sold the 2.8 million euro.