The Maltese champions Valletta are in action this afternoon as they take on a side from Kazakhstan, Astana.
Date: 8th August 2019
Time: 16:00 CET
Venue: Astana Arena
It will be a match between two defending champions of their respective domestic leagues. Many are backing Astana as easy winners here and that is based on the two sides’ form in their past matches.
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Last season Astana scored the most number of goals, conceded the least, and had won five more fixtures than any other squad in the competition. On the other hand, even though Valletta were crowned champions domestically, the two leagues are uncomparable.
To put things into context, Valletta is winless in their last six match-ups and was so in nine of their last ten. They have also conceded two or more goals in four of their last six games. On the road, they are winless in their last three battles, and in five of their last six, and let in a combined ten goals from their last three such fixtures alone.
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Astana, who won five of their last six home ties, scoring four or more goals from three of their last five, while keeping clean sheets in three of the last six, will easily have control over proceedings this Thursday.
Valletta predicted lineup: Bonello, Camilleri, Zerafa, S. Borg, J.Borg, Muscat, Pena, Tulimieri, Piciollo, Nwoko, Fontanella
Astana predicted lineup: Eric, Rukavina, Postnikov, Logivenko, Anicic, Tomasov, Maevski, Sigurjonsson, Rotariu, Janga, Murtazayev
*Odds are subject to change