Astra vs AS Roma
Competition: Europa league
Date: 08 December 2016
Unfortunately for Astra, this is a game where the only prize is survival. They have to try and beat the group leading Roma in order to assure themselves second spot – where they are now – because Austria Wien are breathing down their neck and can over take them if they beat the bottom of the group Plzen.
Roma have secured their qualification, and they have also made top spot their own with a game to spare. It has been a relatively easy run for the Italian giants as they have not lost a game in picking up their 11 points through three wins and two draws. They now get to travel to Astra to play a game that will have no bearing on their qualification standings. Roma can take this game lightly, and Astra will be hoping that they do, as Roma have bigger fish to fry in the Serie A season which is currently ongoing.
Astra have no choice but to win this game, they can still qualify if they lose, but they will then have to hope that Plzen beat Wien, and with Wien playing for their lives and Viktoria currently winless, it seems unlikely. If Astra win, they end on 10 points and cannot be caught by Wien who would finish on eight with their victory, but if it so happened that Roma wins, and they could well do, then Wien can leapfrog Astra and take the second qualifying spot, something the Austrian team will be all too aware of.
Astra vs AS Roma: Previous encounter
Unfortunately for Astra, they will have mental scars about the time they traveled to Rome to play Roma as that game ended 4-0 against them as they were torn apart. Astra were never really in the game as two goals were scored either side of halftime.
Astra vs AS Roma: Prediction
Romanians don’t look set to win this game, they have had a bad history with Roma previously and they are not looking great to turn that around. There are a few factors in their favour, such as the game being at home, and Roma not needing to put anything in seeing as they are guaranteed top spot. It could make the game closer, but it will probably end in Roma’s favour as they win 2-1.
Astra vs AS Roma: Tips
Expect Astra to throw everything forward as they chase a win, but for that to leave them exposed at the back and end up conceding to make it a heartbreaking one goal defeat.