Racing Genk vs Astra Giurgiu
UEFA Europa League – Round of 32, Second Leg
Date: Thursday, 23rd February 2017
Kick off at 20:05 UK/ 21:05 CET
Venue: Cristal Arena, Genk.
None of the two sides can be proud on their domestic campaigns in First Division A and Liga I.
Genk are out of the playoff zone in Belgium, while Astra are sitting at 7th position in Romania.
The hosts continued with their dismal campaign by playing only a 1-1 draw with Sporting Charleroi on Sunday. The team is undefeated in last five matches, but they definitely lack the predator in the final third.
It will be interesting to see if the new manager Albert Stuivenberg will bring in the necessary refreshment after taking over Peter Maes on the bench.
The visitors have opened their campaign in Liga I in a poor fashion, but they raised their game a lot as the time passed by.
The weekend’s win over Viitorul was the 4th consecutive match without a defeat for Marius Sumudica and his men.
Genk vs Astra Giurgiu: Head-to-head
The first match offered a real drama with the visitors coming out as the happier side at the end. Genk had the lead in two occasions, but Seto kept the hope alive netting the late equalizer to make it 2-2 for the Romanians.
Genk vs Astra Giurgiu: Prediction
The bookmakers favour the Belgian team, but we do not believe they will have such an easy job in spite of the positive result from the first leg.
Genk’s main strength lies at the back which is why we can see them keeping the result. The visitors do not have to rush from the first whistle as one goal can make a significant difference here.
Genk vs Astra Giurgiu: Bet Tips
The main betting prediction will be Under 2.5 goals at 9/10.
You can alternatively go with the draw at the half time at 13/10.