Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Mikheil Meskhi Stadium will host Thursday’s Europa League qualifier between Lokomotiv Tbilisi and Universitatea Craiova. Lokomotiv Tbilisi have been anything but impressive in the Georgian elite division this season, and, as a result, reputable bookies see them as underdogs in their Europa League opener. Experienced attacker Irakli Sikharulidze has been struggling to find his goal-scoring touch at the start of the season, which is yet another reason why home win should not be considered.
Universitatea Craiova, on the other hand, were handed a tough draw in the Europa League qualifiers last term, with the team losing to Greek side AEK in the double-header. The Romanians are eager to make amends for the unsuccessful campaign, and they should take advantage of the current atmosphere in Lokomotiv’s dressing room. The game will be played behind closed doors due to the fierce of coronavirus spread.