Astana vs Valletta
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 8 August 2019
Kick-off: 16:00 CET
You look at the score of Astana’s home game against Santa Coloma last week, that 4-1 in the return leg of their tie with the team from Andorra, and you think, “of course, no surprise, it was Astana against Santa Coloma”, but a closer look tells a different story; the Kazakhstan champions went 0-1 down less than 10 minutes into the match, equalized in the 24th from the penalty spot, but after that, they… got stuck. Be reminded, they had drawn 0-0 in the first leg, so with time passing, and with them drawing 1-1 at home, things turned more and more… dramatic. Croatian winger Marin Tomasov finally made it 2-1 in the 73rd minute, soon after that he scored again, and in added time he completed a hat-trick, creating the… illusion of a triumph, in a game that until the 73rd minute was a nightmare for Astana. On Sunday, more… drama; they lost 1-0 at Shakhter Karagandy, Tobol won their game, Kairat as well, so Astana are now second in the table of Kazakhstan’s championship, one point behind Tobol, and they have… company, as Kairat are level with them on points.
Valletta’s dream last week at home, when they hosted Ferencvaros, lasted half an hour; in the 27th minute they took the lead from the penalty spot. At that point, they were just one more goal away from qualifying, as they had lost 3-1 in Budapest a week earlier. Ferencvaros equalized in the 59th minute, and… it was all over. From needing one goal to qualify, Valletta found themselves in need of two to push the tie to extra time. The score did not change, the Malta champions got eliminated, looking decent though, in yet another game. Be reminded, they eliminated Dudelange in the Champions League first qualifying round. No game for them last weekend, as the championship in Malta hasn’t started yet.
Previous five matches:
Shakhter Karagandy vs Astana 1-0
Astana vs Santa Coloma 4-1
Astana vs Taraz 4-0
Santa Coloma vs Astana 0-0
CFR Cluj vs Astana 3-1
Valletta vs Ferencvaros 1-1
Ferencvaros vs Valletta 3-1
Valletta vs Dudelange 1-1
Dudelange vs Valletta 2-2
Valletta vs Gzira United 1-3
Astana’s next game is at Aktobe, the coming weekend (Kazakhstan championship). Valletta’s next scheduled match is the return leg of this tie.
Astana vs Valletta: Head to head Stats
No history between these two.
Astana vs Valletta: Prediction
Astana are considered practically sure winners, with their victory pays less than 1.15. I don’t blindly trust them, but I expect them to look more serious and efficient than last week, not only in the last 20 minutes, but starting in the first half.
Astana vs Valletta: Betting Tips
“Astana and under 3.5 goals” is at 1.97.