Astra Giurgiu vs Genk Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Astra Giurgiu vs Genk Match Prediction

By Marius Hrebenciuc

Astra will look to continue their good run of form in the Europa League when they welcome Genk at the Marin Anastasovici Stadium on Thursday evening in the first leg of the round of 32. Astra managed a 1-0 home victory over Targu Mures last time out in the Romanian Liga 1, with Takayuki Seto’s men scoring the winner for Marius Sumudica’s men. Meanwhile, Genk won 0-3 on the road at St. Truiden in the Jupiler League last Friday thanks to goals from Alejandro Pozuelo, Mbwana Samata and Ruslan Malinovsky. Below we have our betting tips, predictions, team news and match stats all in our SBAT preview. 

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Astra Giurgiu Preview

Astra managed to win the Romanian Liga 1 trophy back in the 2015/2016 season for the first time in their history, but they looked like a completely different team this term. They have been terrible in the first part of their Liga 1 campaign, but it seems they have found some consistency towards the end of 2016. The Romanian outfit head into this clash on the back of a four-game winning streak in Liga 1, which includes a narrow 1-0 home win over Targu Mures a fortnight ago in their first competitive game after the winter break. Marius Sumudica’s side currently sit only in 7th spot in the league table tied on 32 points with the 6th-placed Dinamo Bucuresti, just three points off the 4th-placed Gaz Metan Medias. Their form over the past two months has seen Astra losing just once in their last nine games across all competitions. Regarding their Europa League group stage campaign, Astra have collected eight points from their final group outings to book their place into the round of 32. This means that Astra are currently unbeaten in the last four Europa League fixtures, despite they kicked off the group stage with two consecutive defeats. Denis Alibec was Astra’s most influential player on the pitch throughout the Europa League group stage, but the 26-year-old striker has been sold to rivals Steaua Bucuresti during the winter transfer break. The good news is that Constantin Budescu has returned to the club on a free transfer following a poor spell at the Chinese club DL Yifang. 

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Genk Preview

Genk have also struggled for consistency throughout their domestic competitions over the past month, registering two defeats, two wins and one draw in their last five games. The good news is that Genk have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three league fixtures. Despite their recent good run of form, the Belgian outfit currently sit only in 7th position in the standings tied on 41 points with the 6th-placed KV Mechelen. Regarding their Europa League, Genk have won four and lost two of their six group outings and finished on top of the table, just one point clear off the 2nd-placed Athletic Bilbao. They looked solid at the back throughout their Europa League group stage, having kept three clean sheets in their six group outings. The Belgians have won four of their last five group fixtures and scored at least two goals in four of these. Genk are at this stage of the competition for a third time, but they never managed to qualify for the round of 16. Away from home, Genk have only lost two of their last ten away games across all competitions and were winless in three Europa League away fixtures prior to their 0-2 win at Sassuolo on their most recent European trip.Leon Bailey has been Genk’s most in-form player throughout their Europa League group stage campaign, helping the team with four goals and two assists in his six group appearances. Nikolaos Karelis is Genk’s topscorer in the Jupiler League this season, as he is leading the club’s goalscoring charts with nine goals in his 18 league appearances. 

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Astra Giurgiu Team News

Florin Lovin is missing through suspension, while Romario Kortzorg, Filipe Teixeira, Geraldo Alves and Silviu Lung Jr. are one yellow card away from suspension. 

Genk Team News

Nikolaos Karelis, Marco Bizot and Sebastien Dewaest and Dante Vanzeir are all out through injury ahead of this game. 

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Betting Predictions and Tips

Genk have a better squad, but Astra proved to be a tough nut to crack on home soil over the past six months, losing just four of their last 15 home fixtures. In addition, Astra scored at least once in 13 of those 15 home games in front of their own fans. I’m backing Astra to snatch at least one point from this one, and I’m also expecting a low-scoring affair. 

Astra Giurgiu Draw No Bet at 5/4

Under 2.5 goals at 4/6

Astra Giurgiu saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played

Astra Giurgiu have conceeded only 3 goals in their last 2 games against Genk

Genk saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played

Genk have conceeded only 2 goals in their last 2 games against Astra Giurgiu

AVG Goals

1

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Astra Giurgiu Form Guide

Astra Giurgiu Team Logo

Astra Giurgiu

Won

3

Draw

2

Lost

5
L A

10-03-2018

Liga I Championship Group

CS Universitatea Craiova Team Logo CS Universitatea Craiova

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

01-04-2018

Liga I Championship Group

FC Viitorul Constanta Team Logo FC Viitorul Constanta

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

D A

08-04-2018

Liga I Championship Group

CFR Cluj Team Logo CFR Cluj

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

16-04-2018

Liga I Championship Group

FC FCSB Team Logo FC FCSB

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

23-04-2018

Liga I Championship Group

CS Universitatea Craiova Team Logo CS Universitatea Craiova

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

26-04-2018

Liga I Championship Group

CSMS Iasi Team Logo CSMS Iasi

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

30-04-2018

Liga I Championship Group

CSMS Iasi Team Logo CSMS Iasi

FT 3 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

D A

04-05-2018

Liga I Championship Group

FC Viitorul Constanta Team Logo FC Viitorul Constanta

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

L H

13-05-2018

Liga I Championship Group

CFR Cluj Team Logo CFR Cluj

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

L A

20-05-2018

Liga I Championship Group

FC FCSB Team Logo FC FCSB

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

Genk Form Guide

Genk Team Logo

Genk

Won

5

Draw

4

Lost

1
W H

07-04-2018

First Division A Playoff Championship Group

Standard Liege Team Logo Standard Liege

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

13-04-2018

First Division A Playoff Championship Group

Sporting Charleroi Team Logo Sporting Charleroi

FT 2 - 2

(HT 2 - 1)

D A

17-04-2018

First Division A Playoff Championship Group

Gent Team Logo Gent

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

21-04-2018

First Division A Playoff Championship Group

Anderlecht Team Logo Anderlecht

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

D H

27-04-2018

First Division A Playoff Championship Group

Club Brugge Team Logo Club Brugge

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

06-05-2018

First Division A Playoff Championship Group

Standard Liege Team Logo Standard Liege

FT 5 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

D H

10-05-2018

First Division A Playoff Championship Group

Gent Team Logo Gent

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

13-05-2018

First Division A Playoff Championship Group

Sporting Charleroi Team Logo Sporting Charleroi

FT 4 - 1

(HT 2 - 1)

W A

20-05-2018

First Division A Playoff Championship Group

Anderlecht Team Logo Anderlecht

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

W H

27-05-2018

First Division A Playoff EL Final Stage

Zulte-Waregem Team Logo Zulte-Waregem

FT 2 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

Astra Giurgiu Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

0.9

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Genk Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.5

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Astra Giurgiu vs Genk Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Silviu Lung Jr. 189 78
2 CD Geraldo 183 77
4 CD Fabricio 187 -
22 CD Cristian Sapunaru 187 81
77 LM Alexandru Stan - -
8 CM Takayuki Seto 175 -
80 CM Felipe Teixeira 175 67
13 RM Junior Morais 176 73
31 LF Alexandru Ionita 172 67
21 CF Daniel Niculae 185 76
10 RF Constantin Budescu 185 -
No. Pos Player M kg
70 GK Mathew Ryan 184 82
21 RB Jere Uronen 177 69
4 CD Omar Colley 192 80
2 CD Jakub Brabec 181 78
41 LB Timothy Castagne 185 80
14 CM Leandro Trossard 175 70
24 CM Alejandro Pozuelo 170 63
22 CM Siebe Schrijvers 181 75
28 CDM Bryan Heynen 181 68
8 CDM Bennard Yao Kumordzi 188 72
77 CF Mbwana Samata 179 70