Our football match prediction:
Astra and Genk meet for the first time ever in European competitions. Astra clinched second place in Group E, four points behind Roma and they have big ambitions for the Europa League knockout stages. The Dracii Negri eliminated Premier League side West Ham United in the Europa League play-offs and they are definitely capable of making life difficult for Genk in the upcoming two-legged tie. Astra, though, failed to emerge triumphant in previous four home games in the competition and that is the main reason why we are not tempted to put our money on the Romanians this time out. Genk impressed in a 3-0 win over Sint-Truiden at the weekend and they will be looking to build on the triumph when they take on Astra at Stadionul Marin Anastasovici in Thursday’s football match. Genk are eyeing their third consecutive win in the Europa League and we predict that they will give fans yet another reason for celebration.
Highlighted Player (Omar Colley):
Omar Colley is a football player from Gambia who plays for Genk as a defender. Colley is a product of Wallidan’s youth school and he made 15 appearances for the first team as well. In 2012 he joined Real de Banjul and it has to be noted that he scored one goal in 17 league games for the club. At the end of the season (2013) he decided to move to Finland, signing a deal with KuPS. Despite trialing with several 2. Bundesliga sides, he joined Djurgardens of Sweden in August, 2014. After making 44 league appearances for the Swedish outfit, he moved to Genk in the summer of 2016. Omar Colley represented Gambia at the 2009 African U17 Championship and he certainly helped his national team win the tournament. The defender who was born in Banjul on 24 October, 1992, made his debut for the first team in 2012. Omar Colley has a contract with Genk which expires on 30 June, 2019.
Highlighted Team (RC Genk):
Founded in 1988, Genk are considered one of the youngest clubs in Belgium. Luminus Arena is the home stadium of the club, the capacity of the venue is 24 956 and it was built in 1999. Speaking of UEFA matches, the stadium can hold 21 500 spectators. Genk clinched one Belgian Pro League trophy in the 20th century, with the team winning the 1989/1999 title. They finished the season with 73 points, two points clear of second-placed Club Brugge. Genk won their second domestic trophy in 2002 and the team lifted the Belgian Pro League title in 2011 as well. Speaking of the Belgian Cup, the club clinched their fourth trophy in the competition in 2013. The club is well known for their brilliant school and you should bear in mind that the likes of Steven Defour, Christian Benteke, Thibaut Courtois, Divock Origi and Kevin De Bruyne are all products of Genk’s football academy.