Astra vs Oleksandriya by PlayMaker
Astra Giugiu finished last season at the 6th position of Championship Group of Romania Divizia A. In fact this is the last position of the group but that's enough to send them to the Europa League qualification this year due to UEFA ban of CFR Cluj. Their performance in that round was terrible so they could be very happy with this slot. After all, that was the history in the past. Now we are looking for their new season with the dual tonight versus club from Ukraine, Oleksandriya.
Astra eliminated easily Zira BK in 2nd round after a 1s leg win 3-1 at home and 0-0 in 2nd leg. In Divizia A, they also managed a tight win against new promoted team Sepsi after lost 1-3 at FC Voluntari ground. It's worth noting that Voluntari is in decent form this season after winning Super Cup, they lost only 1-2 by a 90+3' minutes goal against Steaua away from home in the 1st round. So, we can see that Astra is not really good as the start of last season, when they eliminated Westham United to win a ticket to the group phase of Europa League, then go to the 1/16 round before losing 2-3 in aggregate by Belgian giant Racing Genk, however it seem like they want to concentrate more in Europa League qualification, because a slot in group phase will give them a lot of money from television right.
On the opposite side, Oleksandriya form is very bad recently, they had only 2 win in 6 friendly games and there are the two first games. Then they are in a streak of 6 games without a win. Their first 2 games of Ukraine Premier League finished with 1 lose and 1 draw. So they didn't have the best preparation before going to Astra stadium.
I will go with Astra Giugiu in this dual. Actually I didn't see a lot of Ukranian games, mostly the average team like Oleksandriya. But playing in the Romanian stadium is extremely hot. The away team always suffers a great pressure from the stand. From what happened from last season, we can see that Astra spent a lot of priority for the European league, so this game is not exception. The odd of Astra win is increasing but I don't care about it, not a easily win but a win at home ground is not a difficult task for Astra tonight.
|Astra||Bet365||2.30||8||0-0 LOST (-8 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.