Rudar vs Steaua Bucharest – Europa League : Rudar and Steaua play this Thursday afternoon in Velenje
On a match counting towards the 1st leg of the 2nd qualifying round for the Europa League.
Rudar finished in 4th place of the Slovakian league with 50 points conquered, thanks to a record of 15 victories, 5 draws and 16 losses.
When it comes to goals, they counted with 50 goals scored and 49 goals conceded, which results on an average of 2.8 goals per match.
Their record at home was less productive, getting more points playing as visitors.
The team is on an inconsistent moment of form, since they’ve eliminated Tre Fiori on the previous tie with a 10-0 result on aggregate, but they were also battered at home by Maribor by 5-0, on a match of the 1st round of their domestic league.
FCSB finished in 2nd place of the Romanian league with 55 points conquered, thanks to a record of 16 victories, 7 draws and 3 losses.
In terms of goals, they counted with 52 goals scored and 18 goals conceded, which results on an average of 2.7 goals per match.
Their record away from home was positive, with the team getting 7 wins on the 13 away matches they’ve played in the league.
Similarly to their opponents, Steaua also started their campaign in the worst possible fashion, losing by 1-0 on the trip to Astra.
Rudar vs Steaua Bucharest – Betting Tip and Prediction:
I believe ther is a lot of value in exploring the side of the visitors, knowing that Rudar doesn’t play brilliantly at home, quite the opposite actually, and they are also at a disadvantage in terms of experience on this kind of competitions.
Steaua played on the last edition of the Europa League, having been eliminated on the 16th finals by Lazio.
If the two teams were defeated on their respective debuts in their respective leagues, the way they were defeated was completely different.
Rudar played at home and didn’t have a single clear goal scoring chance, on a one-way match that finished with a very comfortable victory for Maribor.
As for Steaua, they travelled to Astra and had on their feet most of the goal scoring chances, ending up failing in terms of finishing, which ended up resulting on the 1-0 loss.
Putting all of that into perspective, the balance clearly leans towards the side where the Portuguese Filipe Teixeira plays, that should already bring an advantage to Romania.
PREDICTION AND BETTING TIP