Our football match prediction:
As expected, Astra recorded a 3-1 win over Zira at their Stadionul Marin Anastasovici and they are now on a quest to defend their two-goal lead in the Europa League qualifying tie against Aykhan Abbasov’s men. The Romanians are likely to adopt a cautious approach in Thursday’s football game, but seeing that only a win counts for the hosts in this one, we predict that the visitors will have a number of opportunities to find the net on the break. Zira have no other choice but to fight tooth and nail against Astra in the return leg, but seeing that they failed to impress in the first leg, we are not tempted to put our money on the Azeri. A close encounter appears on the horizon and we would not be surprised if the two teams share the spoils at Dalga Arena in Baku on Thursday evening.
Highlighted Team (Astra):
Astra Giurgiu are a Romanian football club that made history by eliminating West Ham United in the Europa League in two consecutive seasons. The Dracii Negri shocked the Hammers in the 2015/2016 Europa League qualifiers, while beating the Premier League in the 2016/2017 Europa League qualifying campaign as well. Astra won their first Romanian Liga 1 trophy in the 2015/2016 season, with the team finishing the season five points clear of Steaua Bucharest. The club was founded in 1921 and the Black Devils play their home games at Stadionul Marin Anastasovici. Petrolul Ploiesti are regarded as Astra’s bitterest rivals and there have always been fireworks in matches between the two teams. Nonetheless, a great number of Astra fans consider Rapid Buchares their fiercest rivals. It has to be noted that the two teams take on each other in the Fostul derbi. The team wear white jerseys and white shirts when playing at home, while the colour of the club’s away kits is red.