Betting predictions – Astra Giurgiu vs FC Copenhagen – Champions League
27 July 2016, Giurgiu, “Marin Anastasovici” Stadium, Kick off: 18:30 (Champions League – 3rd preliminary round – First leg)
Referee: István Vad (Hungary)
Astra Giurgiu started off the season on a positive note, with a victory in the Romanian Supercup against CFR Cluj. In the first round of the Romanian League, “The Black Devils” were humiliated at Giurgiu by Dinamo Bucharest with the score of 4-1. The morale is very low in the Romanian camp after this drastic defeat ahead of the clash with the Danish side. Moreover, the fact that Marius Şumudică will not stand on the bench will have an impact. However, the defeat against Dinamo may be very welcomed as it woke the team up for the much more important game against FC Copenhagen. Until now, Astra has had a remarkable road in the Europa League, a road that started in the 2013-2014 season. Their highlights were qualifications against sides like Olympique Lyon or West Ham United, very strong formations. Astra Giurgiu has some European experience in the Europa League group stages which could help them achieve a highly desired qualification.
Coach Marius Șumudică is suspended for this game, reason why secondary coach Cristian Petre will sit on the bench.
Astra Giurgiu played a friendly game on the 3rd of July against FC Copenhagen in their training campaign in Slovenia. The Romanian champs managed to get a 1-0 victory, the goal being scored by Filipe Teixeira in the 44th minute.
Daniel Niculae: “We need to wake up, because the Wednesday game is crucial to us and given its European importance, our primary target is not to concede a goal at home. We must recover from the cold shower that came after this defeat because we will not stand a chance against Copenhagen otherwise“. (click.ro)
► Following opponent: Pandurii Târgu Jiu (away)
Probable line-up: S. Lung jr. – Vangjeli, Geraldo Alves, Fabrício, Júnior Moraes – Seto, Lovin, Boldrin – Boudjemaa, Filipe Teixeira, De Amorim. Antrenor: Marius Şumudică. Reserves: Gavrilaş, Săpunaru, Oros, Al. Ioniță II, Boubakar, D. Niculae, D. Florea. Injured: Alibec. Suspended: –
One year ago, FC Copenhagen was playing in Europa League, where they cruised past the Welsh side Newtown in the 2nd preliminary round (2-0 and 3-1), but they were afterwards knocked out by FK Jablonec (1-0 and 3-2). Being knocked out that early in Europe, FC Copenhagen focused on their championship, succeeding in winning the title with a 9 points difference from rivals SønderjyskE. The team coached by Ståle Solbakken really wants to qualify for the Champions League group stages and they are coming into this game with their guns blazing, as they sent Northern Irish side Crusaders Belfast home after a real “slaughter”, with 9-0 on aggregate. “Løverne” also had a great debut in the Danish championship, with victories over Lyngby BK (3-0) and Esbjerg fB (4-0). Therefore, FC Copenhagen has played 4 official games so far and has a goal record of 16-0! The team has very good morale ahead of this clash and they are seeking a good result in Giurgiu, one that would make them favorites back in “Parken”.
► Following opponent: FC Nordsjælland (home)