Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Jablonec and Astana face each other at Stadion Strelnice in the Europa League Group K. Jablonec have been producing fine performances in the national championship of late, but they have collected only one point from possible six in the group stages of the Europa League. The Czech outfit need to pick up all three points from Thursday’s football match if they are to stay in the race for a place in the knockout stages and we predict that they are going to fight tooth and nail against Astana. The Kazakhs proved their worth in a 2-0 win over Rennes, but seeing that the hosts want this win more, we are tempted to put our money on Petr Rada’s troops. A man to watch in the home team will be Martin Dolezal, who is eager to score his first ever goal in the Europa League.
Highlighted Player (Michal Travnik):
Michal Travnik is a Czech Republic footballer who plays for Jablonec as a midfielder. Michal Travnik started his youth career at Slovacko and he continued playing for the Metstky fotbalovy stadion outfit at senior level.
After making 66 appearances for Slovacko, in which he scored five goals, Travnik moved to fellow Czech side Jablonec in 2015. The prolific midfielder quickly established himself as a first-team regular at Jablonec and he is likely to play an important role in the Czech team in the 2018/2019 Europa League campaign.
Michal Travnik has 16 caps for Czech Republic U21 team and he made his debut for the senior team in a 1-0 win over Nigeria in June, 2018. The 175cm-tall footballer produces his best performances as a central midfielder, but he is equally good as a defensive midfielder. He has a contract with Jablonec which should expire on June 30, 2020. The player’s agents are GLOBAL SPORTS a.s.
Highlighted Team (FC Astana):
Astana are a professional football club based in Astana, Kazakhstan. The Blue and Yellows were founded in 2009 and five years later they won their first Kazakhstan Premier League trophy. Astana managed to defend their title in 2015, with the team finishing the season just one point clear of Kairat in the standings.
The Kazakhs participated in the Champions League group stages in the 2015/2016 season, but they failed to record a win in the elite competition. However, it has to be noted that they managed to hold star-studded Atletico Madrid to a goalless draw in front of home fans. Astana play their home games at Astana Arena and the capacity of the venue is 30 244.
The stadium was opened on 3 July, 2009 and the construction cost $185 million. Astana’s home kits are yellow with blue strips and they play their away games in navy-blue kits. The team recorded their biggest win on 19 June, 2011 when they outclassed Kairat 6-1 in the Kazakhstan Premier League.