Aris Thessaloniki vs FC Astana
UEFA Europa Conference League Qualifications,
Date: Thursday, 29 July 2021
Kick-off 19:30 UK/ 20:30 CET
Venue: Stadio Harilaou Kleanthis Vikelidis.
Astana bring a big two-goal advantage to the second leg of their UEFA Europa Conference League tie with Aris.
Astana made a massive step towards the third qualifying round by picking up a 2-0 victory over Aris seven days ago in Kazakhstan.
Their best player Marin Tomasov made all the difference by completing a brace right before center-back Luka Simunovic got sent off.
The head coach Andrei Tikhonov will thus not be able to count on his starting center-back for the reverse fixture.
It will be interesting to see if such an absence could boost Aris’ chances. The Greeks will face hard times trying to score at least two goals here, having registered no more than two shots on target in the first game on Kazakh’s soil.
Aris have only returned to European competitions after almost a decade-long break two years ago when they were stopped in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League by Molde (3-4 on aggregate).
They were stopped right at the first obstacle in the same competition last season, falling 1-2 at home to Ukrainian Kolos Kovalivka.
If we count pre-season friendlies, Aris lost three of the last four matches, failing to keep a clean sheet in any of them.
This will be the music to the ears of Marin Tomasov who could have even more room to deliver in the final third here in the reverse fixture.
Aris vs Astana Head-to-head
- The two outfits are about to lock horns only for the second time this Thursday.
- Their first game saw Astana’s 2-0 victory seven days ago in Kazakhstan’s capital.
Aris vs Astana Prediction
Astana did have a dismal European adventure last season when they were eliminating right at the beginning of their UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League adventures. However, they entered this season with much higher ambitions under the new manager.
Tikhonov’s troops are just one point shy of Tobol at the top of the standings in their domestic league after 19 rounds. For the sake of comparison, they ended the previous Kazakhstani Premier League season nine points below champions Kairat. We see a massive value in backing the visitors not to lose at the odds of 2.00.
Aris vs Astana Betting Tips
Astana to Win or Draw @ 2.00 odd
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 2.05 odd.