Our football match prediction:
Latvian champions Spartaks Jurmala face Astana of Kazakhstan in the Champions League second qualifying round. Spartaks will play their first ever match in the elite competition on Wednesday evening and the lack of experience could prove to be the biggest problem for the team in the game against the Kazaks. The Latvians are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in the first leg, but we do not believe that they are capable of preventing Astana attackers from scoring in Wednesday’s football game. The Kazaks aim to get their job done in the first leg and we predict that they are going to go all-out attack against Spartaks in Wednesday’s football match. Astana are more of a team than Spartaks and we are tempted to put our money on the visitors, who have a number of internationals in their squad. The two teams meet for the first time ever in a competitive match.
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.