Our football match prediction:
Thanks to a 2-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv Slavia Prague moved one step closer to booking their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League. The Czech team sit in second place in Group A ahead of their last group match, but they are only one point clear of third-placed Astana. The hosts are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in Thursday’s football game against the Kazakhstan champions. Astana, on the other hand, suffered a 3-2 loss to Villarreal in their penultimate group game and, as a result, they have slim chances of making it to the last 32. The visitors need to pick up all three points from the Eden Arena clash if they are to advance to the next round, but that is easier said than done. Slavia Prague have been in a fine form of late and we predict Jaroslav Silhavy’s men will get their job done in the decider.
Highlighted Player (Michael Ngadeu Ngadjui):
Michael Ngadeu Ngadjui is a Cameroon international who plays for Slavia Prague as a defender. Ngadjui started his career at the youth team of Diables Rouges Maroua and in 2007 he moved to Canon Yaounde. The 190-cm tall footballer continued playing for Diables Rouges Maroua at senior level and in 2010 he joined German lower-league side Kirchhorder SC. At the end of the 2010/2011 he moved to fellow German club SV Sandhausen II and in 2012 he signed a contract with Nurnberg. After making 54 appearances for the reserve team he moved to Romania, signing a deal with Botosani. Michal Ngadeu Ngadjui scored seven goals in 53 league games for the Romanian side before joining Slavia Prague in 2016. The Cameroonian footballer, who was born in Bafang on November 23, 1990, won the national championship with Slavia Prague in the 2016/2017, but the capital club eventually failed to make it to the Champions League group stages. His main position is centre back, but he is used as a defensive midfielder as well.
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.