Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Over the years Villarreal have established themselves as a top-table side in La Liga and they have been playing important role in European competitions as well. The Yellow Submarine sit in top position in Group A ahead of Thursday’s football match against Astana and they are one point away from booking their place in the last 32 of the Europa League. Villarreal proved their worth in a 2-0 away win over Slavia Prague and they are seen as hot favourites to win Thursday’s clash against the Kazakhstan champions. Astana outfit head into the match following back-to-back wins over Maccabi Tel Aviv and seeing that they would be happy with one point from the Villarreal game as well, we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils at Astana Arena. The Yellow Submarine defeated Astana at their Estadio de la Ceramica in their opener, but the two teams are likely to share the spoils this time out.
Highlighted Player (Dmitri Shomko):
Born in Ekibastuz, Kazakhstan on March 19, 1990 Dmitri Andreievich Shomko is a defender who plays for Astana. Shomko is a product of his home-town club Ekibastuzets, but he started his senior career at Batyr Ekibastuz.
As expected, the 182-cm tall footballer returned to his boyhood club and it has to be noted that he made nine appearances in the league for Ekibastuzets. Dmitri Shomko then moved to Irtysh Pavlodar and he played for the Kazak club from 2009 to 2014. In 2011 he was sent on loan to Astana and three years later he signed a permanent deal with the Blue and Yellows. His main position is left-back, but he is used as a left midfielder as well.
Over the years Shomko has established himself as a first-team regular at Kazakhstan national football team and he made his debut for the Hawks on February 2, 2011 in a 1-1 draw with Belarus. Shomko came as a substitute for Nurgaliev in the 85th minute of the match. He has 17 caps for the U21 team as well.
Highlighted Team (Villarreal):
Villarreal CF was founded on 10th of March 1923. In the year 1998 Vilarreal managed to reach the Primera Divison for the first time in history of the club. After 1 season the club couldnt manage to stay in the league and go regulated to the Segunda Divison. In the last couple of years Villarreal deveped itself to a stable club in the Primera Divsiion. This first European succes was in 2003/2004 where the club managed to reach the semi finals in the UEFA cup. In 2004/2005 Villarreal end 3th on the table in the Primera Division which was a highlight for the club. The biggest succes was in 2006 when Villarreal managed to reach the semi finals in the Champions League. In the semi finals the club lost with only 1 goal difference against runner up Arsenal. Former known players for Villarreal are: Riquelme, Tomasson, Fernandez, Forlan and Pires.