Valletta vs Astana
Europa League Qualification
Date: Thursday, 15 August 2019
Kick-off at 19:00 UK / 20:00 CET
Venue: Ta’Qali National Stadium (Ta’ Qali).
Valletta were thrashed black and blue by Astana in their maiden clash which saw the latter mercilessly slot five past the hosts while conceding no more than once.
The visitors were up by three goals before the teams headed for the break while the only goal of the game for the foes came ten minutes after the hour mark. The side from Kazakhstan certainly have a firm grip on the tie now, as a comeback for the struggling Valletta side is surely out of the equation.
Valletta vs Astana Head to head (h2h)
The thumping 5-1 win by Astana last week is their lone meeting with Valetta so far.
Valletta vs Astana Prediction
The hosts are without a win in their last six games in all competitions and were far from convincing in each of those fixtures. The squad have conceded twice or more in three of those clashes and have not been able to score more than one goal each in their last four games.
On the other hand, Astana have succumbed to a defeat on just two occasions in their last nine games, and have won by a goal difference of three or more goals in their three of their previous six matchups. Additionally, the away side took twenty-four attempts at goal in their previous meeting and were on target twelve times, as opposed to their counterparts who managed to work the goalkeeper just thrice.
Also, Valletta will be without home advantage in this return clash, all of which is certainly reiterating an inevitable win for the strong and experience Astana.
The previous tie saw six goals shared quite unequally between the two teams. Valletta have nothing to lose now and will try to reduce the deficit. With both sides getting their names on the scoresheet without fail in each of their last five games as well, a high scoring clash is certain to unfold.
Valletta vs Astana Betting tips
Astana to win @ 1.50 (1/2)
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.70 (7/10).