Astana vs Slavia Prague
UEFA Europa League – Group-stage 2017/18
Date: Thursday, 28th September 2017
Kick-off at 16:00 UK/ 17:00 CET
Venue: Astana Arena.
Astana’s run in the Champions League qualifiers suggest the team has come a long way since flopping at the Europa League group stage last season. They did lose to Villarreal 1-3 in the opening match, but no one expected them to get a result in Spain. Coming back to home turf against a team like Slavia Prague, the Kazakhs will back themselves for a win. The reasons for this are plenty.
Despite failing to make it through to the Champions League group stage, Astana produced some brilliant performances at home. The 4-3 win against Celtic here in the play-offs is a clear evidence of this, and we can add the 3-1 drubbing on Polish side Legia Warsaw to strengthen the statement.
Another factor that tip in favour of the Kazakh football club is Slavia’s poor away form all-around. The Czech champions are yet to register an away win in all competitions this season. This includes a pair of defeats in the Champions League qualifiers against moderate teams like APOEL and BATE. While their four domestic league games end in draws.
Slavia are making the group stage appearance at the Europa League after a 7 year absence. They defeated Maribor 1-0 at home on matchday 1 and are joint leaders of Group A along-with Villarreal.
Astana vs Slavia Prague: Head-to-head
Europa League produced plenty of first head-to-head meetings and the Astana vs Slavia Prague is one of them.
Neither teams had previously played against a club from opponents’ country in a UEFA tournament.
Astana vs Slavia Prague: Prediction
The head-to-head and form analysis tip in favour of Astana and we believe they are good enough to beat Slavia with the match being played in front of their home fans.
It will be worth to keep an eye on Astana’s Ghanaian striker Patrick Twumasi, who scored 5 goals from 7 European games this season.
Astana vs Slavia Prague: Bet Tips
FT – Astana to win for 2.45 odds.