FC Astana take on the visitors Sutjeska at “Astana Arena” in the first-leg battle of the 1/8 qualification stage of the UEFA Champions League. The match will be played in Astana on Wednesday, July 11th.
FC Astana looked very strong in recent years. The side demonstrates powerful football and has no decent opponents in the domestic tournaments. “The Blue and Yellows” have already showed them off in Europe as the team performed in the UEFA Champions League, having produced quite solid results there. In the previous season “The Citizens” took another champion’s title of the Kazakhstan's Premier League in a confident fashion to the great joy of their fans. FC Astana have beaten Ordabasy 5:3, I. Pavlodar 3:0 and Zhetysu Taldykorgan 3:0 in the latest tackles hosted at their own turf.
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In their turn, Sutjeska demonstrate magnificent results in the inner competitions, but having failed to qualify to the international tournaments so far. At the moment the side has rather strong players in the squad who are capable to claim for a pass to the UEFA Champions League. Last season of the Prva Crnogorska Liga was quite an easy tournament for the club as none of its opponents managed to compete with it on equal. In the recent away battles Sutjeska celebrated 3:2 victory over Buducnost, but lost to Rudar and Mladost Podgorica with the same 1:2 scoreline.
FC Astana have never met with Sutjeska before. At the moment “The Citizens” look stronger than their upcoming rival, thus, the visitors will hardly manage to oppose decently in the Wednesday tackle.
Prediction for the match: FC Astana to win with -1.0 Asian handicap.