FC Lugano vs Steaua Bucharest
UEFA Europa League – Group-stage 2017/18
Date: Thursday, 28th September 2017
Kick-off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Swissporarena (Luzern).
Steaua Bucharest made a positive start to their Europa League campaign with a 3-0 win against Vitoria Plzen. Interestingly, the teams had met in the Champions League qualifiers this season and the Romanians have made it 2 wins and a draw from the 3 fixtures so far.
Meantime, Lugano lost 1-2 away at Beer Sheva on matchday 1. They cannot afford another defeat on Thursday, which could prematurely end their knockout qualification hopes.
Lugano were third in the Swiss league last season and qualified directly for the Europa League group stage. Their previous appearance in a UEFA competition can be dated back to the 2002/03 UEFA Cup.
Lugano vs Steaua Bucharest: Head-to-head
This is the first head-to-head meeting between the two clubs in a UEFA competition and Lugano’s first with a team from Romania.
Bucharest had previously met Swiss clubs 12 time and hold a moderate record – 12 wins, 7 draws and 2 losses. They are win-less in Swiss soil with the 6 games split across 3 draws and 3 losses.
Lugano vs Steaua Bucharest: Prediction
Steaua are a vastly experienced side as compared to their Thursday’s host. To make things worse, Lugano are on a poor run of form with only 1 win coming from their last five matches in all competitions with the remaining four being defeats. Meantime, Steaua are unbeaten in four games with clean sheets in three. Thus, the Romanians could prove too strong for the Swiss outfit.
Lugano vs Steaua Bucharest: Bet Tips
FT – Steaua to win for 2.15 odds with 888sport
Over 2.5 full-time goals for 2.07 odds.