Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Astana were on the verge of holding Astana to a goalless draw in Kazakhstan, but the hosts eventually scored a late winner and moved one step closer to making it to the Champions League second qualifying round. The Kazaks are determined to defend their slim lead in the return leg and we are positive that they are going to adopt a defence-minded approach in Wednesday’s football match.
Cluj did suffer the loss in the first leg, but it has to be noted that they had 15 goal attempts in the Astana Arena clash. The Romanian side suffered three defeats in previous four home games in the Champions League, but seeing that Astana are not regarded as good travelers, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. Seeing that Cluj produced a fine display in the 1-0 loss to the Kazakh champions, we believe that Wednesday’s match will be decided in extra-time.
Highlighted Player (Adam Lang):
Adam Lang is a Hungarian footballer who plays for Dijon as a centre-back. The centre-back is a product of Veszprem football academy and he continued playing for the club at senior level. Lang scored three goals in 44 appearances in the league for Veszprem, but he played for Gyor and Videoton in his homeland as well.
The player who was born on January 17, 1993 made 57 appearances for Gyor, while playing 23 games for Videoton in the Hungarian top flight. In the autumn of 2016 Adam Lang joined French club Dijon and he has been playing for the Mustards ever since.
The Hungarian defender played 19 games for Dijon in the 2016-17 Ligue 1 campaign, but he failed to find the net for Olivier Dall’ Oglio’s troops during the season. Adam Lang has five caps for Hungary U21 team and he made his debut for the senior team on May 22, 2014 in a 2-2 draw with Denmark.
Highlighted Team (FC Astana):
Astana are a professional football club based in Astana, Kazakhstan. The Blue and Yellows were founded in 2009 and five years later they won their first Kazakhstan Premier League trophy. Astana managed to defend their title in 2015, with the team finishing the season just one point clear of Kairat in the standings.
The Kazakhs participated in the Champions League group stages in the 2015/2016 season, but they failed to record a win in the elite competition. However, it has to be noted that they managed to hold star-studded Atletico Madrid to a goalless draw in front of home fans. Astana play their home games at Astana Arena and the capacity of the venue is 30 244.
The stadium was opened on 3 July, 2009 and the construction cost $185 million. Astana’s home kits are yellow with blue strips and they play their away games in navy-blue kits. The team recorded their biggest win on 19 June, 2011 when they outclassed Kairat 6-1 in the Kazakhstan Premier League.