Our football match prediction:
Despite recording a 2-1 win over APOEL, Astana have no chance of qualifying for the Europa League last 32. The Kazakhs sit in fourth position in Group B and they are three points behind second-placed Olympiakos Piraeus (-6 goal difference). Stanimi Stoilov’s men, though, did well to clinch the domestic title in October and they will be looking to put icing on the cake on the successful season with a victory over Young Boys. The Swiss team failed to make it to the Europa League knockout stages as well, meaning that Thursday’s football game at Stade de Suisse Wankdorf Bern will not be a competitive one. Young Boys, though, have been in a fine form of late and considering that they defeated the likes of Lausanne Sport and Basel in previous two league matches, we predict that the hosts will record a win over Astana in their final group game.
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.