FC Astana vs Valletta
Europa League Qualification
Date: Thursday, 8 August 2019
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Astana Arena (Nur-Sultan).
Compared to the Kazakhstan Premier League, the Maltese counterparts would be resembling boys against men. Here, we have the defending champions of the former, at home, taking on the representative from Malta.
Prima facie, the upper hand easily goes to Astana. They were the best in their country by a mile last season. They had scored the most number of goals, conceded the least, and had won five more fixtures than any other squad in the competition. Importantly, they had also won nine more ties than any other group in the league bar one.
To take on this loaded team, comes Valletta, from the inferior Maltese First Division. While they too are the current crown-holders of their league, the squad is definitely not equipped to take on such a strong opponent.
Astana vs Valletta Head-to-head (h2h)
- The EL Qualifier – first leg will serve as the first meeting between the teams.
Astana vs Valletta Prediction
The quality of the leagues alone would be enough to deem Astana as the favorite. Along with that, they have the home advantage, and obviously is going through a better stretch of form.
To put things into context, Valletta is winless in their last six match-ups, and was so in nine of their last ten. They have also conceded two or more goals in four of their last six games. On the road, they are winless in their last three battles, and in five of their last six, and let in a combined ten goals from their last three such fixtures alone.
Astana, who won five of their last six home ties, scoring four or more goals from three of their last five, while keeping clean sheets in three of the last six, will easily have control over proceedings this Thursday.
Astana vs Valletta Betting Tips
Half Time Result: FC Astana @ 1.50 (1/2)
FC Astana to Score in the First Half @ 1.40 (2/5).