Genk vs Astra Giurgiu Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Genk vs Astra Giurgiu Match Prediction

By Marius Hrebenciuc

Genk and Astra Giurgiu will square off at the Luminus Arena on Thursday night for the second leg of their Europa League round of 32 tie, with both sides looking to extend their unbeaten streak across all competitions. Astra Giurgiu fought back from behind to secure a 2-2 draw last Thursday. Timothy Castagne gave Genk the lead in the 25th minute, but Constantin Budescu levelled the game for Astra just before halftime. Astra pushed for the winner in the second half but they were caught on the break late in the game, when Leandro Trossard got on the scoresheet for Genk. However, Astra managed to secure an unexpected draw thanks to a stoppage-time equaliser from Takayuki Seto. Below we have our betting tips, predictions, team news and match stats all in our SBAT preview.

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Betting Predictions and Tips

I’m expecting another entertaining affair here after their 2-2 draw in the first leg last week. Genk have scored in 19 of their 21 home fixtures this season, while Astra have only failed to find the back of the net in eight of their last nine away games.

Both teams to score - Yes at 19/20

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Genk Preview

Genk head into this tie on the back of a five-game unbeaten streak across all competitions, including their 2-2 away draw at Astra Giurgiu in the first leg of their Europa League round of 32 tie last week. Genk followed this up with a disappointing 1-1 home draw against Charleroi in the Jupiler League at the weekend. Converting draws into victories has been Genk’s main problem over the past three weeks, as three of their last five games across all competitions have ended in draws. Genk have endured a disappointing Jupiler League campaign this season, as they find themselves only in 7th position in the standings with 42 points after 27 rounds, just two points off the top six. The good news is that Genk have been a strong side in front of their own fans over the past five months, losing just two of their last 14 home fixtures across all competitions. Furthermore, the Belgian outfit have won all six of their European home games this season, conceding just one goal in this term. During this impressive run of form, Genk managed some notable results, picking up victories over strong opponents in the shape of Sassuolo and Athletic Bilbao. Leon Bailey has been Genk’s most influential player on the pitch throughout their Europa League group stage campaign, helping the team with four goals and two assists in his six group appearances.

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Astra Giurgiu Preview

Meanwhile, Astra Giurgiu made a solid start in 2017, winning two and drawing one of their three games across all competitions after the winter break. They followed up their 2-2 draw against Genk with a comfortable 1-0 home victory over Viitorul Constanta in Liga 1 at the weekend. This lifts Astra Giurgiu in 7th spot in the Romanian Liga 1 tied on 35 points with the 6th-placed Dinamo Bucuresti. Scoring goals has been Astra’s biggest problem throughout their domestic campaign, as they hold the worst offensive record in top ten with just 23 goals in 23 league fixtures. Astra can count on their away form ahead of this clash, as they have won seven of their last ten away games across all competitions. Furthermore, Astra have won their last two UEFA away fixtures by the same scoreline, 2-1, and they also managed to win at West Ham United in the play-offs. This is Astra’s most successful season in UEFA competition after they failed to make it through the group stage in 2014/15 season. Constantin Budescu is a player to watch for Astra, as he provided one goal and three assists for the team throughout the group stage.

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Genk Team News

Tin-Sven Susic, Sebastien Dewaest, Marc Bizot, Nikolas Karelis and Dante Vanzeir are all missing through injury.

Astra Giurgiu Team News

There are no fresh injury concerns for Astra ahead of this game, but Silviu Lung Jr, Romario Kortzorg and Geraldo Alves are all one yellow card away from suspension.

Genk scored over 2.5 goals in 5 out of their last 10 games played

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

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

AVG Goals

1.9

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Genk Form Guide

Genk Team Logo

Genk

Won

9

Draw

1

Lost

0
W H

09-08-2018

Europa League Qualification

Lech Poznan Team Logo Lech Poznan

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

12-08-2018

First Division A

Oostende Team Logo Oostende

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

16-08-2018

Europa League Qualification

Lech Poznan Team Logo Lech Poznan

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

W H

19-08-2018

First Division A

Sporting Charleroi Team Logo Sporting Charleroi

FT 3 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

W H

23-08-2018

Europa League Qualification

Broendby IF Team Logo Broendby IF

FT 5 - 2

(HT 2 - 0)

W H

26-08-2018

First Division A

Waasland-Beveren Team Logo Waasland-Beveren

FT 3 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

30-08-2018

Europa League Qualification

Broendby IF Team Logo Broendby IF

FT 2 - 4

(HT 1 - 2)

D A

02-09-2018

First Division A

Kortrijk Team Logo Kortrijk

FT 3 - 3

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

15-09-2018

First Division A

Anderlecht Team Logo Anderlecht

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

20-09-2018

Europa League Grp. I

Malmoe FF Team Logo Malmoe FF

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

Astra Giurgiu Form Guide

Astra Giurgiu Team Logo

Astra Giurgiu

Won

3

Draw

5

Lost

2
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)

W H

21-07-2018

Liga I

FC FCSB Team Logo FC FCSB

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

D A

28-07-2018

Liga I

CSMS Iasi Team Logo CSMS Iasi

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

D H

04-08-2018

Liga I

Sepsi OSK Team Logo Sepsi OSK

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

D A

10-08-2018

Liga I

Botosani Team Logo Botosani

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

D H

18-08-2018

Liga I

FC Dunarea Calarasi Team Logo FC Dunarea Calarasi

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

24-08-2018

Liga I

Concordia Chiajna Team Logo Concordia Chiajna

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 0)

D H

01-09-2018

Liga I

FC Voluntari Team Logo FC Voluntari

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

14-09-2018

Liga I

Dinamo Bucuresti Team Logo Dinamo Bucuresti

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

Genk Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

2.7

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 Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1

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 vs Astra Giurgiu Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

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
18 CDM Ruslan Malinovsky 180 -
14 CM Leandro Trossard 175 70
24 CM Alejandro Pozuelo 170 63
27 CDM Sander Berge 193 88
22 CM Siebe Schrijvers 181 75
77 CF Mbwana Samata 179 70
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Silviu Lung Jr. 189 78
13 RB Junior Morais 176 73
22 CD Cristian Sapunaru 187 81
77 LB Alexandru Stan - -
2 CD Geraldo 183 77
19 CM Boubacar Mansaly 180 69
8 CM Takayuki Seto 175 -
20 CM Florin Lovin 190 75
21 CF Daniel Niculae 185 76
80 LF Felipe Teixeira 175 67
10 RF Constantin Budescu 185 -