Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Austria Wien did remarkably well to play out a 3-3 draw with Roma at Stadio Olimpico, but they were beaten by Luciano Spalletti’s charges at their Ernst-Happel-Stadion in their last group game in the Europa League. However, despite suffering the loss to Roma, Austria Wien remains in second position in Group A and a win over Astra should see them clinch their spot in the Europa League last 32. It is well known that Thorsten Fink’s men are a real force to be reckoned with at home and considering that they outplayed the Romanians in the reverse fixture, we predict that the hosts will pick up all three points from Thursday’s football match. Key attacker Kayode scored in a 2-0 win over Ried at the weekend and he is likely to lead the line for the hosts against Astra. Taking everything into account, home win appears on the horizon.
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.