Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Steaua will be aiming to get off to a flying start to their Europa League qualifying campaign when they face Shirak in Bucharest. FCSB booked their place in European competitions thanks to a 1-0 win over Sepsi in the Romanian Cup final, but it has to be noted that they failed to impress in the national championship last term. Anyhow, Steaua should not face any difficulties in their Europa League opener as Shirak conceded ten goals in total in the last three games in the Armenian elite division.
The Armenians face an uphill task in Thursday’s qualifier, and we do not believe that they are capable of claiming a major scalp in round 1. A man to watch in the home team will be Romania international Florin Tanase, who is likely to pose a big threat to the opposition defenders. The two teams have never met before in a competitive match.