FC Olexandria vs Astra Giurgiu
2017/18 UEFA Europa League Qualification
Date: Thursday, 3rd August 2017
Kick off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: KSK Kika.
Astra disappointed their fans with a goalless draw in the first leg of their Europa League tie with Oleksandria seven days ago at Stadionul Marin Atastasovici.
The Romanians have a much more significant experience in European competitions and they remain favourites in spite of the fact the bookies favour the Ukrainian side in the rematch.
Volodymyr Sharan favours ultra defensive football which is why each of the last five games Oleksandria played ended with less than three goals scored.
Moreover, three of them ended goalless, including the one against Astra as the Ukrainians successfully managed to keep things quiet in front of their goal last Thursday.
The host are not off to the best possible start of the new season in their domestic league as the team collected no more than two points from opening three rounds which saw them bagging only a single goal.
Astra have had a very nice run in the group stage of Europa League last year when they lost only a single of six matches against the likes of Roma, Viktoria Plzen and Austria Vienna.
The team led by Eduard Iordanescu will come into the game in high spirits after a commanding 3-0 win over ACVS Poli Timisoara in the weekend’s Liga I action.
Oleksandria vs Astra: Head to head
The mentioned clash from seven days ago was the lone previous head to head encounter between the two sides.
It was a nervous match with the main happening taking place at the center of the court which is kind of the scenario we expect to witness this Thursday as well.
Oleksandria vs Astra: Prediction
The value has to be with Astra who are 5/6 not to lose the match. As we stated above, the visitors posses both quality and experience to eliminate Oleksandria who have had huge troubles with the efficiency in the final third at the start of the new season.
Oleksandria vs Astra: Bet Tips
The top bet is Astra or Draw Double Chance at the odds of 5/6.
Astra are 11/4 to keep a clean sheet.