Astra Giurgiu vs Viktoria Plzen
UEFA Europa League – Group E
Date: Thursday, 3rd November 2016,
Kick-Off at 18:00 UK
Venue: National Arena, Bucharest.
Astra Giurgiu are arguably the underdogs in Group E of the Europe League 2016/17. They started the group stage with back-to-back defeats against Roma and Austria Vienna. But the 2-1 away win against Viktoria Plzen on matchday 3 has given them a good chance of qualifying from the group. Their first 3 points is just 2 short of joint leaders Roma and Vienna.
While Plzen have 2 points and are at the foot of the table. They started off on a positive note with consecutive draws against Roma and Vienna. However, the home defeat to Astra is a big blow despite just the one-point gap between the two sides. To be fair, they must improve their away form and earn a win on Thursday. A defeat here will potential seal their exit depending upon the results of Austria Vienna versus Roma match.
Astra Giurgiu vs Viktoria Plzen: Head-to-Head
The first leg clash on 20th October 2016 which ended 2-1 in favour of Astra is their first ever competitive meeting between these two sides.
Astra’s hold a 100% win record in 3 meetings against clubs from Czech Republic. The previous opponent was Slovan Liberec during the qualifying rounds of 2014/15 Europa League. Astra won 3-0 at home and 3-2 in the away leg.
Viktoria Plzen are winless after 2 meetings with oppositions from Romania. Interestingly they faced their only other Romanian opponent in the same season and qualifying round when Astra met their only Czech opposition. Plzen was drawn against FC Petrolul Ploiesti; they settled for a 1-1 draw in the away leg before losing 4-1 at home.
Astra Giurgiu vs Viktoria Plzen: Prediction
The teams are evenly matches and have same objectives when they met on the matchday 4 of the Europa League at the National Arena in Bucharest. As things stand, Astra is the team with momentum on their side. While Plzen are a side haven’t won in any of their last 8 Europa League matches. They also lost all their three away matches in last season’s Europa League. We believe Astra are in with a good chance to earn three points and put pressure on both Roma and Austria Vienna in the upcoming two matchdays.
Astra Giurgiu vs Viktoria Plzen: Betting Tips
Astra Giurgiu to win at 3.60 (13/5).