Our football match prediction:
Thanks to Patrick Twumasi’s goal Astana managed to turn their dominance into victory in the first leg of the Champions League qualifying tie against Spartaks Jurmala. The Kazakhs proved their worth in the 1-0 triumph over the Latvian champions and it has to be noted that they prevented their opponents from having more than 2 goal attempts in the first leg. The hosts are certainly brimming with confidence ahead of the visit of Spartaks and they are likely to get their job done in Tuesday’s football match at Astana Arena. The Latvians will have a big fish to fry in the return leg and, taking everything into account, they are unlikely to overcome the deficit in the tie against the Kazakhstan champions. Astana are on a nine-game unbeaten run at home in the Champions League and that is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Tuesday’s clash.
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.