Our football match prediction:
Despite suffering a 2-0 loss to Viktoria Plzen at Doosan Arena Steaua made it to the knockout stages of the Europa League. The Ros-albastrii want to finish the process in top position in Group G and there is every chance they will go all guns blazing at Lugano when the two teams face each other at Arena National in Bucharest. The Romanian side were struggling to find their best form in November, but they are definitely capable of beating Pierluigi Tami’s team in front of home fans. Lugano, on the other hand, have little to play for in their last group game as they failed to book their place in the last 32 and that is yet another reason why home win should be considered. Harlem-Eddy Gnohere has been scoring goals for fun in all competitions this season and he is likely to make life difficult for the opposition defenders.
Highligted Player (Denis Alibec):
After starting his senior career at Farul Constanta, Denis Alibec joined Italian giants Inter in 2009, but he failed to establish himself as a first-team regular at the Serie A club. The Romanian attacker made no more than two appearances for the Nerazzurri in the Italian top flight and he was hungry for a first-team football. As a result, he signed a loan deal with Mechelen in 2011 and he spent the 2012/2013 season at Viitorul Constanta. Denis Alibec played one match for Bologna on loan as well and in 2014 he signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with Astra Giurgiu. Alibec scored 32 goals in 64 appearances for the club before joining Steaua Bucharest in 2017. He has been playing for the Stelistii ever since and it has to be noted that he scored eight goals for the Romanian outfit in the 2016/2017 Liga 1 campaign. Denis Alibec made his debut for the Romania national football team on October 11, 2015 in an Euro 2016 qualifier against Faroe Islands.
Highlighted Team (Lugano):
Lugano are a professional football club from Switzerland which won their first domestic trophy back in 1938. Three years later Lugano lifted their second Swiss Super League title and in 1949 they won their third and last trophy in the national championship, with the team finishing the process seven points clear of second-placed Basel. Lugano are considered one of the oldest clubs in Switzerland as they were founded back in 1908. 14 years later they were promoted to the Swiss top flight for the first time in the club’s history. Lugano are well known for their black and white jerseys and they welcome their rivals at Cornaredo Stadium. The stadium was built back in 1951 and the capacity of the venue is 6.330. The Swiss club have yet to participate in the Champions League, but they did well to make it to the Europa League group stages in the 2017/2018 season. In the 2002/2003 season Lugano participate in the Europa League qualifiers, but they were eliminated by Ventspils in the process.