Astra Giurgiu plays its first official game in a European competition, and aims to make its debuted in Europa League a memorable one. They will be opposed by Domzale, a team that made several attempts at reaching the group stage but fail miserably every single time.
Bet: Over 2.5 goals
Odds: Bet365 2.00
With this being one of the few balanced games in the first stage of the qualifying campaign, bookmakers are struggling to find the correct value when pricing the two teams. Domzale had a mediocre home record throughout the domestic championship and won most points away from home, by playing offensively. They have four strikers fit to play tonight, but coach Mojsilovic will probably stick to the Vuk brothers as they scored a combined 10 goals and have good synergy upfront.
A 4-4-2 starting formation should provide them with the opportunity to capitalize on the numerous gaps existing in Astra’s defense. The visitors finished outside the podium at the end of the regular season, but were lucky to have Petrolul winning the Romanian Cup and qualify for the Europa League. Astra has two quality strikers in its rotation and will use them both, as Budescu and Fatai are only 24 years old and scored 12 respectively 14 goals last season. What they don’t have is a solid midfield and reliable defense, not to mention that goalkeeper Silviu Lung is more of a liability.
The game could go either way depending on which team takes the lead, so there is no point in picking a winner especially at these odds. On the other hand, there are good reasons to expect more than 2.5 goals to be scored and with Bet365 offering even odds for this outcome, it is arguably the best bet for this game.