Our football match prediction:
Thanks to a come-from-behind 3-1 win over Astana Sporting CP moved one step closer to booking their place in the last 16 of the Europa League. The Lions are on the right track to make it to the next round of the European competition and they will be looking to defend their big lead when the two teams face each other at Estadio Jose Alvalade. It is well known that Sporting are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict that they are going to record yet another win over the Kazakhstan champions. Astana suffered four defeats in last six away games in the Europa League and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Sporting’s party in Lisbon. Seydou Doumbia found the net for the Lions in the 3-1 win over Astana in the first leg and he is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders in Thursday’s football match.
Highlighted Player (Adrien Silva):
Adrien Silva is a Portuguese midfielder who began his career with French club Bordeaux, before moving to ARC Paco and ultimately Sporting still as a youth player. The 27-year-old French-born midfielder was given his Sporting debut in 2007, but it wasn’t until 2012 when he was given more room to show his qualities. Having spent 15 years of loyal service at the club and having gone through all the youth ranks with the Portugal national team, Adrien Silva made a man for himself during the Euro 2016 when he played every single one of Portugal’s matches from the round of 16 onwards. His imposing performances allowed him to attract plenty of interest from Europe’s top clubs during the summer transfer window. Premier League champions Leicester City were at the forefront for the player who played 29 games for Sporting last season, adding 8 goals in the process.
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.