Our football match prediction:
Astra welcome Oleksandria at their Stadionul Marin Anastasovici in the Europa League third qualifying round, first leg. Astra outplayed Zira in round 2, but they do not want to stop now and there is every chance the hosts will leave their hearts on the field in Thursday’s football match. The Romanian side recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Sepsi in their first home game of the new domestic campaign and that is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Oleksandria. The Ukrainian team, on the other hand, have been struggling to find their best form at the start of the season and that is the main reason why we predict the visitors will return home empty-handed. You should bear in mind that Astra are undefeated in previous four home games in the Europa League, with the team sharing the spoils with Viktoria Plzen, Roma and Genk, while beating Zira.
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.