FCSB vs Shirak
Europa League Qualification
Date: Thursday, 27 August 2020
Kick-Off at 19:30 UK/ 20:30 CET
Venue: Arena Națională (Bucharest)
The Red and Blues have started the domestic season with a win over Astra away from home. The 0-3 away win will be a great confidence boost for them when coming into this game. This is the first European game this season for both sides, so it will take some time to get in a rhythm. The home side has a disciplined attack as well as a defense that played a major role in their league season last time around.
The team from Armenia must be disappointed with the draw in their first league game of the new season. They were drawn by Noah who is yet another Armenia squad to make their presence felt in the Europa League qualifying round. Shirak has a good scoring rate but the defense has given away a lot of goals which is why they had a significant amount of draws in the league. It seems they have not lost that habit which may hurt them in this upcoming game.
FCSB vs Shirak: Prediction
FCSB grabbed their ticket to this qualifier by winning the Romanian Cup competition. They were lucky in a way because Astra who finished higher in the table than them failed to obtain a UEFA License. Now they have to prove their worth among some of the better squads in Europe. But it is easier said than done against an in-form Romanian side at their home base.
The main issue that Shirak is facing is defensive instability. They have given away two or more goals in all three previous games. On the other hand, the hosts are coming into this game after a three-goal victory and they kept a clean sheet as well. The hosts never conceded a goal in three recent competitive games in their country. So I am backing a high scoring game with only one team getting the goals.
FCSB vs Shirak: Betting Tips
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.44 (4/9).
Both teams to score: No @ 1.53 (6/11).