Our football match prediction:
Thursday’s football match at Luminus Arena pits together Genk and Astra. De Smurfen were on the verge of beating the Romanian outfit at Stadionul Marin Anastasovici, but Marius Sumudica’s men eventually scored the equalizing goal in the dying minutes of the match (2-2). Anyhow, Genk scored two away goals in the first leg and we predict that they are going to defend their “slim lead” in front of home fans. The Belgians are a real force to be reckoned with at home and it has to be noted that they are eyeing their seventh consecutive win at their Luminus Arena, speaking of Europa League fixtures. Astra, on the other hand, need to adopt an attack-minded approach in the second leg, meaning that the hosts should have a number of opportunities to attack the Romanians on the break. Genk defeated the likes of Sassuolo, Athletic Bilbao and Rapid Wien at home in the group stages of the Europa League and they are likely to keep their 100% record intact.
Highligted Player (Jere Uronen):
Jere Juhani Uronen is a professional footballer who started his senior career at TPS of Finland. The pacey full back scored one goal in 18 league appearances for the club and in 2012 he joined Swedish side Helsingborgs. Uronen played for the club from 2012 to 2016 and then he moved to Belgium. The Finnish footballer, who was born on 13 July, 1994, signed a contract with Genk, which expires on 30 June, 2018. The Genk full back, who is capable of playing as a left midfielder as well, has five caps for Finland U21 team and he made his senior debut for the Finnish national team on 26 May, 2012. He started the match against Turkey and it has to be noted that Finland emerged triumphant (3-2). Jere Uronen made 12 league appearances for Genk in the 2015/2016 season, scoring one goal for the team. The left-footed player is capable of playing on both sides of the field.
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.