Astra Giurgiu vs Copenhagen:
Champions League Qualifiers.
Date: Wednesday, 27-July-2016
Kick-Off: 18:30 UK
Venue: Marin Anastasovici (Giurgiu).
Reigning Romanian Champions Astra Giurgui make their debut in UEFA Championship qualification round when they host Danish Champions FC Copenhagen on Wednesday.
Astra Giurgiu won their first ever Romanian Liga 1 title last season surpassing the big names like Steaua Bucuresti and Dinamo Bucuresti. They had only made their first ever appearance in a UEFA competition in 2013/14, when they entered the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round and progressed as far as the final play-off round, where they got knocked out by Maccabi Haifa.
But in the 2014/15 season, they reached the group stages of the Europa League by elimination Lyon in the play-offs. They finished bottom of the group which included the likes of Red Bull Salzburg, Celtic Glasgow and Dinamo Zagreb. They were knocked out by AZ in the last season’s Europa League play-off, but took one notable scalp by eliminating West Ham in the Third qualifying round.
FC Copenhagen is a regular name in the UEFA competitions since over a decade. Their last appearance at the Champions League was in the 2013/14 season and have reached the first knock-out round during the 2011/12 season.
They were without European football last season and will be keen to reach the play-offs this season. Copenhagen who reclaimed the Danish League last season after a two year absence had started the defence of the title in style.
They had won in each of their first two league matches this season and combined it with the qualifying win over Crusaders, they have scored 16 goals from four matches conceding none in return.
Astra Giurgiu vs Copenhagen: Head-to-Head
This will be the first time that Astra Giurgiu and FC Copenhagen are meeting in a competitive match.
Copenhagen’s record against Romanian oppositions in 4 matches read 1 win, 1 draw and 2 defeats. They are unbeaten at home with a win and a draw, while lost in two trips to Romania.
Astra Giurgiu vs Copenhagen: Prediction
Astra had suffered a defeats in each of their Romanian league matches, the latest being a 4-2 home loss to Dinamo Bucharest. This is still early days of the season and they will be hoping they can raise their performance level at home on Wednesday. Looking at their history, they had eliminated some strong sides like Lyon and West Ham in the qualification rounds.
Copenhagen are flying high at the moment and it was evident in the 9-0 aggregate win over Crusaders in the second qualifying round. With just four competitive matches into the season they scored 16 goals and are yet to concede a goal. They will be high on confidence and self-believe and I expect them to grab a win from the first leg of this fixture.
Astra Giurgiu vs Copenhagen: Tips
1. Copenhagen to win.
2. Both Teams to Score