Astana and Valletta face in Astana Arena, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (3rd Qualifying Round). These two teams have never faced each other before, so this will be their first direct confrontation. In this match, the home factor may be decisive, since Valletta has considerable differences in its results at home and as a visitor.
The home team reaches this stage of the UEFA Europa League (3rd Qualifying Round) after a home victory by (4‑1) and a draw away by (0‑0) with FC Santa Coloma. This is a team that presents similar results at home and abroad, so it is not usually affected by the home factor, since in the last 30 matches it records 6 wins, 5 draws and 4 losses as a visitor; against 10 wins and 5 losses in his stadium. In the last match he played, for the Premier League, he lost to Shakhter Karagandy outside (1-0). In its last 10 home games, Astana records 7 wins and 3 losses. His attack has scored regularly, as he scored goals in 7 of the last 10 games. In 15 games, he suffered the first goal 4 times and only got 1 comeback. In the last 14 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: he suffered 5 of his 12 goals between minutes (76′ ‑ 90 ‘).
The Astana arrives demotivated to this match, after a 1-0 defeat in the visit to the Karagandy, in a match for the Kazakhstan Championship. To reach this stage of the Europa League, the local club had to beat St. Coloma in the previous round. By playing at home in this first game, coach Roman Grygorchuk is expected to benefit from maintaining ball possession and organized attacks. Most likely, this team is organized in 4-3-3, in which Rangelo Janga will occupy the most advanced position. Marin Tomasov is the star of the team, being very fast and strong in the counterattack. All equipment is available for this game.
The visiting team will make its debut in this edition of the UEFA Europa League with the intention of winning a positive result, taking advantage of the home factor. This is a team that curiously has been stronger outside than at home, since in the last 30 games it records 9 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses as a visitor; against 8 wins, 5 draws and 2 losses in his stadium. The team arrives at this match after a draw at home with Ferencváros (1‑1). In the last 10 games played as a visitor for all competitions, Valletta won 5, drew 2 and lost 3. His defense has not been very solid, as he suffered goals in 9 of the last 10 games, but his attack has marked with regularly, since he scored at least one goal in each of the last 10 games. In the last 5 home games for all competitions there are 4 periods that stand out: they scored 3 of their 7 goals between minutes (76′-90 ‘) and 3 of their 7 between (61′-75′); He suffered 3 of his 8 goals between minutes (16’-30 ‘) and 3 of his 8 between (31′-45’).
Valletta arrives at this stage of the Europa League after being eliminated from the Champions League. The Maltese team had managed to pass the first round, but Ferencvaros defeated him in the second round. In general, coach Darren Abdilla plays 4-3-3, in which Yuri, Matteo Piciollo and Mario Fontanella are the most offensive references of the team. It is important to note the quality of the number 92 Kevin Tulimieri: This athlete has competence in the organization of the offensive process. Out of this match due to injury will be Packer, Kaljevic and Malano.