PREVIEW: Partizan set for spicy clash

Goalkeeper Sasha Stamenkovic has called on the Neftchi fans to add an element of spice to what otherwise appears to be a dead rubber against Partizan Belgrade.

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Both sides are out of the Europa League reckoning after registering just a point apiece from their first four matches in Group H.

With neither party harbouring any hopes at all of qualification, the only thing on offer at the Tofig Bahramov Stadium is pride, and Stamenkovic believes the home support in Baku can play their part.

The keeper was discontented by the behaviour of the Partizan fans in the counterpart fixture - which ended as a goalless draw - and wants the Neftchi support to get fully behind their team.

"In the away match against Partizan we faced a lot of pressure from fans," he said.

"Personally, I heard a lot of abusive shouting. Fans and players of the opposition tried in every way to provoke us.

"We realised this but we quietly, and without too much emotion, finished the match. Despite of this, we were able to get a point.

"This match with Partizan is our last home game of the season and this match is a return match not only for us but also for the fans as well.

"I would love to see full stands. Let's see the fans here supporting me and the team."

Partizan coach Vladimir Vermezovic must decide whether to use the match as a chance to field some under-used players.

He admits he is currently struggling to give all of his charges the chances they want and may opt to ring the changes in Baku.

"I know some players are not happy with their time spent on the pitch but I don`t think I can field 25 players at once," he said.

"It is normal to have those who are dissatisfied. They can be angry for two days if they like but they have to move forward and work on training session afterwards."

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