Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Astra booked their place in the Europa League group stages by beating West Ham United in the two-legged tie. The Romanian team managed to shock the Hammers for the second consecutive season, but they fail to impress in their first group game against Austria Wien. Astra suffered a 3-2 loss to the Violets in their opener, meaning that they are desperate to grab something from Thursday’s football game against Roma. The Romans shared the spoils with Plzen in Czech Republic and they now aim to record their first win in the process. Over the years the Giallorossi have turned their Stadio Olimpico into a real fortress and seeing that the Romans are desperate to bounce back from a 3-1 loss to Torino, home win appears on the cards. Taking everything into account, we predict that the Romanians are going to return home empty-handed. Roma are on a four-game winless run at home in the Europa League and they are eager to put an end to the negative trend.
Highlighted Player (Daniele De Rossi):
Daniele De Rossi is one of the most impressive products of Roma’s youth academy. De Rossi played as a striker at the start of his career, but he has since developed into one of world’s leading holding midfielders. The Italian footballer plays as a centre back as well and he has been a part of Roma since 2001. De Rossi was born on 24 July, 1983 in the capital of Italy and he has 16 caps for Italy U21 team. The Roma midfielder won the 2006 FIFA World Cup with Italy as they defeated France in the title game. De Rossi is well known for his tackling, vision, brilliant passing and awareness and he is capable of reading the game. The Italian footballer made 24 appearances for Roma in the 2015/2016 Serie A campaign and he represented Italy at the 2016 European Championship finals. However, the Azzurri failed to record a good result at the tournament in France as they were beaten by Germany in the quarter-finals.
Highlighted Team (Astra):
Astra Giurgiu are a Romanian football club that made history by eliminating West Ham United in the Europa League in two consecutive seasons. The Dracii Negri shocked the Hammers in the 2015/2016 Europa League qualifiers, while beating the Premier League in the 2016/2017 Europa League qualifying campaign as well. Astra won their first Romanian Liga 1 trophy in the 2015/2016 season, with the team finishing the season five points clear of Steaua Bucharest. The club was founded in 1921 and the Black Devils play their home games at Stadionul Marin Anastasovici. Petrolul Ploiesti are regarded as Astra’s bitterest rivals and there have always been fireworks in matches between the two teams. Nonetheless, a great number of Astra fans consider Rapid Buchares their fiercest rivals. It has to be noted that the two teams take on each other in the Fostul derbi. The team wear white jerseys and white shirts when playing at home, while the colour of the club’s away kits is red.