Our match prediction:
By beating the likes of Kukesi, Spartak Trnava and Rosenborg in the qualifiers, Austria Wien booked their place in the Europa League group stages. The Violets take on Astra in their opener and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. Torsten Fink’s troops sit in fourth position in the Austrian Bundesliga standings ahead of the trip to Romania and they impressed in a 4-1 win over Wolfsberger at the weekend. Astra, on the other hand, did well to eliminate West Ham United in the Europa League qualifiers for the second consecutive season, but they have been playing below expectations in the Romanian Liga 1 this term. Anyhow, seeing that Arena Nationala in Bucharest will host Thursday’s football match between Astra and Austria Wien, we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils in their Europa League opener.